Job Hunt – Motivation 1:0?
If you’ve ever been on a job hunt (which you might actually be right now, if you are reading this article), then you have definitely hit the motivation depletion wall once or twice. The research, the updated CVs, the endless cover letters, the not-so-endless interview appointments, and, of course, the inevitable rejections, each one of them takes its toll on your optimistic mood.
What is worse is that when you remain in an unmotivated, pessimistic image of the world, there’s a high risk you will take an unsuitable offer, only to end this challenging period.
With this risk in mind, we put together a list of tricks with high potential to fill up your motivation progress bar.
Make your job search into a project. Set specific goals, intermediate objectives and tasks. Allocate time for each activity and, by all means, take care not to spend with your job search more than you would spend at a daily job – burnout can also happen when you’re unemployed.
Network. Set up meetings with people in your desired field, just for the sake of knowing them and asking them for advice. While you wouldn’t be doing this to specifically ask for a job, you never know where the next opportunity might come from.
Volunteer. Any kind of work will give you a sense of accomplishment when that dream job is making you wait. It matters less if it is working in your field or charity work, as long as you can see the results at the end of the day.
Have the right environment. If you search for jobs while still in your pyjamas, in the middle of the bed or on your favourite chair, then you will soon associate all the good vibe spaces in your house with anxiety and rejection. Have a designated job hunt space and keep your favourite places to yourself.
Learn new things. This will give you a break from the job hunting mindset, not to mention the possibility of having something extra to add to your resume.
Create a vision board. This might sound a little too on the self-help side, but having a space that reminds you what you are struggling for is essential when you are feeling low on motivation. Whether it is a Pinterest board, a folder on your computer or a cork board, visuals come in handy.
Write down your options. When dealing with rejection, it’s easy to come to the conclusion that you are running out of ideas. That is why it can be useful to have a list of all the companies you could and would work for (and why) and all the jobs you would take on (and why). Keep adding to it as new ideas come to mind.
Take a break. If it’s the weekend, then go enjoy yourself!