It’s likely you will send off many CV’s and apply to countless job adverts without hearing anything or get the dreaded rejection letters.
It’s key to stay focused and keep your goal clear as well as keeping your knowledge base fresh and up-to-date.
There are a few different techniques to help you stay motivated.
Goal and VisionIt’s important to keep a clear head and keep your goal in the front of your mind when applying for a role. This is important as it is likely that you may side track and start applying for job’s which you wouldn’t have done at the start of your search.
Having a goal means when you successfully achieved it you will feel proud and be full of a sense of achievement.
To help keep your goal, try to revisit. Write down all the things you are looking for in a job, salary expectations, location, company size, full or part time work. Writing down your goals not only helps you to remember but overcomes any blocks you might have when writing a covering letter or answering interview questions.
Try writing down at least 10 positive things about yourself. This could be your skills, personal qualities or your experiences. The list should also include your achievements, both in the workplace and in your personal life.
Doing these simple steps helps keep you motivated and stay happy about yourself (even when you may receive rejection letters). This will help you stay focused on the end goal and help you get yourself that dream job you always wanted.
Skills BoostIt’s important when you are applying for jobs that you keep your skill base fresh and up-to-date. When you are not working or looking at a job in a different sector to your current employment, it can be easy to lose touch with the market place.
You should make sure you’re as good if not better than your competition and you can aid this by reading books, magazines or blogs.
Getting a personal mentor can also help, but might be too expensive. Identify something you would like to improve or an area of weakness you could work on. Spend some time polishing off those skills or finding out why you’re not as experienced in those areas.
This is an important step as an interviewer may ask you questions regarding latest trends or technologies.
Getting CreativeSpice up your CV and your interests by brainstorming some new approaches or activities you could try. Think of things which will aid for CV, learn something new, finish that book that’s been collecting dust on your bedside table or go to a networking event or seminar.
Another way you could gain experience or establish a reference is offer your services to a friend or family member. Offer to do a project or land a hand helping them on a project they are already doing – this could be a great talking point at an interview.
Staying PositiveTry staying positive when job hunting can sometimes be hard, but try taking a 15 minute break every so often and try not to think about any of the pressures you might be feeling when applying. Give yourself a pat on the back when you achieve something, like a possible interview. Writing down the positive aspects in your current situation can also help.
For example, may be you don’t get stuck in rush hour traffic or have to work the night shift this weekend! Try to stay persistence, you can’t stop the search if you think it’s not working as this will get you nowhere. Try a different approach instead of giving up. Recalling positive experiences from the past can help and make you feel good.
Thinking about when you overcame challenges, both in work and your personal life can help you reflect on the future. If a client sent you a positive email or praise, keep it somewhere. You never know when you might need it for a future job. Create a ‘to do’ list of the tasks which you would like to complete in that given day and try to keep your day structured so you can achieve tasks without making unrealistic challenges.
Utilise your free time
When you have a lot of free time, this time should be utilized. You can use this time and write down all the tasks you haven’t got around to doing yet like those odd jobs around the house.
You could visit a friend or family member you haven’t seen in a while or doing something you have never done before like visit a new place.
All of these tips can go a long way in helping you boost your motivation to find work.
Remember when applying and attending interviews your time is never wasted its all part of the learning experience which you need to be confidence when you walk into your next role.
Keeping the Momentum with your Job Search
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