If you have been in a job search for some time now, and find yourself getting discouraged, it is time for you to read the tips below on how to stay motivated after many job rejections.
The ease of use with applying online for jobs has been a double-edged sword. Yes, it is easier apply to many more jobs than in years past, but that also increases the chances of being rejected more, too. Do not throw in the towel just because you hear, “No thank you” more than anything else. You only need to hear, “You are hired”, once.
Try the following when you find your motivation slipping during your job search.
Write down your goals on paper
This is one of the most effective ways to stay motivated during a job search. If you have your list of goals to read every day, you stand a greater chance of making these goals a reality. There is truth to the saying, “If you can visualize it, you can make it happen”.
When you do not have a list of goals it is easier to lose motivation because you are never really sure why you are job searching in the first place. Going on a job search without goals leads to wandering aimlessly from interview to interview without focus. If you do not know what you want, no one will figure it out for you.
Find a career role model
No one can ever duplicate the success of another by doing the exact same thing. However, a role model always serves as a source of inspiration when you need to remind yourself of how hard you have to work to get what you want.
A role model can also be a source of inspiration for creating positive habits in your life that help you land a job quicker. You can never “be” someone else, but you can certainly embody a person’s attitude and work ethic.
Look inward and ask for constructive criticism
No one is perfect. Even the best mentors in today’s business world have their own mentors. If something is not working, go to people with a track record of success and a positive attitude.
Practice interviews with them and ask them what they think. Most importantly, when you hear feedback from others never, under any circumstances, take it personally. The goal of you asking for constructive criticism is to address those unspoken things that may be holding you back during your job search and job interviews.
Asking for and receiving criticism is definitely an uncomfortable situation. You may not like what you hear, but the point of this is to find out what should be worked on to improve your chances of getting hired.
Create a to-do list of things to work on
To this point, you have pretty much been through a mental ringer on your job search. You’ve been told, “No” more times than you can count. You’ve been told and read plenty of advice. Now, it is time to make a to-do list of things you need to work on.
More so, make this “to-do list” your new job. You have a list in front of you with job tasks and now you have a workday to get them all done. It could be a list like this:
- Reach out to 5 recruiters on LinkedIn
- Contact relatives who currently have jobs at companies I wish to work for
- Write a post on LinkedIn
- Update my resume
- Practice my interviewing
This list keeps you on a solid work regimen so your mind does not fall asleep during the job search, which happens easier than most think in today’s fast-paced business world.
Volunteer, temp, or be a consultant
This is an important way to stay motivated because you are keeping your skills sharp. You are also showing others, “You should hire me. I am great at what I do.” There are many ways to volunteer your time and skills in today’s world. A great place to start looking is at non-profit companies or even creating online content to help others.
Take some days off
You need to stop and reflect once in awhile, especially after an interview. If you try to spend 7 days a week looking for work, many days you will lose motivation simply because the people hiring take days off.
Also, some suffer from “Interview Hangover” and need to recharge after an interview. An interview hangover is that headache you get after an interview because you want a do-over. You are not sure how the interview went, so you punish yourself with thoughts of what you could have done differently.
You need time for yourself during a job search to keep your mind fresh and your spirits up. Never underestimate the power of day taken-off because your interview the day before was terrible.