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Keeping motivated during your job hunt

Searching for a new job can be a tedious experience. It may be hard to stay motivated and positive when preparing for your interview or filling out tricky application forms. But staying upbeat will help your career prospects.

Here’s a number of ways to stay motivated during your job hunt.

It all starts with you

If you’re waiting for inspiration to hit you like a lightning bolt, then it’s not going to happen. Remember that you’re the one driving your career and only you can make the right choice. Job hunting can be a solitary experience but feel empowered, knowing that you’re the one responsible for making things happen.

Have a plan

Set yourself a plan with realistic goals. Don’t set the bar too high otherwise you’ll never be able to achieve your objectives. Have a list of tasks that you can complete on a daily basis, and be clear about what you want to achieve. This will help to keep you focused, taking you a step closer to reaching your long-term goal.

Optimise your job search

Scouring the Internet for job vacancies can be a time-consuming exercise. Set up email job alerts to receive the latest jobs straight to your Inbox, tailored to what you’re looking for. Keep up-to-date with the latest opportunities using Twitter and LinkedIn. Research several companies that you would like to work for and familiarise yourself with their vision and beliefs. Connect with these companies on LinkedIn and enhance your online reputation.

Communicate

Seek support and talk through your concerns with a friend, family member or previous colleague. They can help remind you of your strengths and achievements, boosting your morale. Don’t bottle up your worries. You could keep a diary or blog to record your activities and thoughts. Keep in contact with your connections and attend networking events. You never know when an opportunity might present itself.

Keep your chin up

The job market is notoriously competitive and receiving seemingly endless rejections can knock your confidence. But it’s important to maintain an upbeat attitude, especially when facing recruiters and prospective employers. Conveying a positive image is essential to make a good impression on a potential employer. Focus on one job at a time and tailor your key skills and achievements accordingly.

Have a screen break

Finding a job can be a full-time job in itself. You need to make time for yourself away from the job hunt. Take a break and clear your head to give you perspective and help to refocus on your long-term goals. Boost your energy by taking regular exercise. This will reduce your stress levels and release feel-good endorphins. And listen to uplifting music or try meditation to help your body relax.
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