How to Motivate Yourself During a Job Search

Self motivation is probably the single-most important trait to maintain in the long term success of a job search. There’s a good reason for this though, because it can be really hard to keep up a high level of enthusiasm through the career doldrums. Here are a few tips you can use to keep yourself engaged and excited to find your new job in today’s job market.

Get Outside your Comfort Zone

Many people have a certain routine they develop in their job hunt. Whether it’s sitting down at the computer in your pajamas or wrapping up a few cover letters on your laptop in bed before turning out the lights, try to switch up your routine to get the creative juices flowing. Start by finding a new place to work. Take your laptop to a coffee shop or local library for some different scenery. The sights and sounds, even smells, of a new environment can give you a quick motivational boost.

Surround Yourself with Like-Minded People

Being around other people will often do the trick to motivate you as well. If you’re used to working on your own, try getting a job hunt “study group” together. You can swap tips and bounce ideas off each other, while at the same time motivating each other to do your best. When you’re alone, it’s all-too-easy to find yourself slacking off when it comes to finding a new job. But if you surround yourself with others who you feel a commitment to, you know you’ll be motivated to make some headway.

Leverage Your Accountability

Who, besides you, holds you accountable when it comes to your job hunt? Is it your family? Your friends? Your mailman? Turns out it doesn’t matter who – so long as there is someone who is counting on you to find that perfect job, you are more likely to remain motivated to find it. We are naturally motivated to maintain our image in the face of outside scrutiny. Find motivation in the thought of what others would think if you gave up.

Commit, Rather than Procrastinate

Make a commitment to take several specific actions in your job hunt at a specific time on a specific date. Those details are what will hold you to your commitment. It is easy to procrastinate when you know something needs to be done at some point in the distant (or even not so distant) future. But if you tell yourself (or better yet write it down) that you will do something on Friday at 9 a.m., you’re committed. If you fall through on that commitment you are more likely to recognize it as a failure, rather than just something you’ll get to when you have the chance.

Keep Your Goals in Mind

In the thick of a job hunt, it can be easy to get lost in the weeds. Take some time, even just a minute or two, to reconnect with your end goal. Visualize the job you wish you had, then allow yourself to feel excited to go out and get it.

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