So, you've left school or graduated from university and you're looking for a job? Or maybe you've recently been made redundant and are on the lookout for a new job? Whatever your reasons for unemployment, it can be a struggle to stay motivated when all you really feel like doing is crawling back under your covers and going to sleep! But staying motivated during your job search is important for your health, happiness and future job prospects.
We know hunting for a job in today's economy can be tough, but there's no reason you can't take your first step towards your dream job today. We've provided you with a few tips to help you stay motivated and bag the job of your dreams, starting now!
Keep up a self-care routine.
Just because you're unemployed doesn't mean you should cut fun, social connection, exercise, and healthy food out of your life. You might have to be a bit more intentional about where you spend, but being unwillingly unemployed increases your vulnerability to anxiety and depression. Make sure you're still connecting with friends and getting regular exercise, you'll be a more productive, positive job-seeker because of it.
Find outlets for your talent
Many unemployed people have benefited from doing regular volunteer work – not only enjoying having the time to contribute to a cause but also learning new skills and meeting different people. Helping a candidate get elected, organizing a food drive, or creating a web site for a nonprofit can take your mind off your own problems as well as demonstrate your abilities.
Or how about contributing to a blog or teaching a class in your area of expertise? You’ll realize you have plenty to share as you receive feedback from others. Another possibility is to write an article about something you know and find a print or online publication to publish it. Others will benefit from your knowledge, and you’ll have something impressive to show hirers during interviews.
Stick to your usual routine
It might sound obvious, but sticking to your regular routine of getting out of bed, showered, eating breakfast and getting on with your day still applies, even if you don't have work to go to. By letting your routine slide and lazing around the house all day, you'll feel demotivated and could even start to suffer from depression or social anxiety. Make the effort to start your day positively - that means getting up early, getting washed and dressed, preparing a healthy breakfast and maybe even heading out on a morning run or hitting the gym.
Then it's time to dedicate at least a few hours of your day to job hunting - that means sending out your CV, scouring job adverts, updating your portfolio (if you're looking for a creative role) or blog and maybe spending some time using social media to make new connections. We recommend spending at least 2 to 3 hours a day on your job search, either in the morning or broken into smaller chunks throughout the day.
Pound the pavements
Getting out there and speaking to people in person, or networking, can really enhance your chances of getting the career you want. It's too easy to hide behind emails, and with hundreds or even thousands of candidates for every job, you'll stand out if you show up in person or even make a phone call. We're not suggesting you should harass employers who have advertised a vacancy by showing up on their doorstep! But if there is a particular company you're interested in working for, making an appointment to meet their head of recruiting or even dropping your CV in in person can make a good first impression. If you're a freelancer or planning on working for yourself, networking at events in your city could help you to get noticed and meet new people - and make sure you take a stack of business cards with you!
Go to every interview
Been offered an interview for that office role you applied for on a whim? It can be tempting to avoid interviews if you're not that excited by the prospect of the job, but you shouldn't do this. Every interview you go to is good experience for your next one, and the more interviews you attend, the more confident you will become with them. So even if you're not keen on working in retail, going along for the interview is a good idea - and who knows, you may find the job appeals to you more than you thought it would!
Surround yourself with people who are employed.
This may seem counterintuitive because it’s a lot easier to sit around with other unemployed people and commiserate. This, however, drags you down. Instead, spend time with people in your life who do have jobs. Not only do they bring up your spirits but they may also be good folks for job leads!
Set specific daily goals
It can be hard to see the big picture right now, but you can achieve daily goals related to the job search.
Make a weekly goal list
Aside from your daily plan, make a weekly goal list to chart the progress you want to make over any given week. Check things off as you get them done; at the end of the day, those check marks will make you feel accomplished!
Talk to one of the Alexander Daniels Consultants
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