Staying Motivated During Your Job Search

The US government determines the unemployment rate through a survey of 60,000 households. They do not include people who are under-employed, part-time workers, or those who simply have stopped looking for work. So the picture is even more dire than the numbers! We know that people are losing much more than their jobs. They are losing their homes, their dignity, as well as their friends, and sometimes, even their families.

Bad news about the economy will find you even if you try to avoid it! It’s on the evening news, online, in your daily email, in your mailbox—it comes to you through every conceivable means. And it all makes it hard to stay motivated.

Whether you are unemployed or underemployed, here are some tips to remain actively looking for a job that fits your skills, experience and interests.

  1. Set a goal to submit three well-crafted applications per week for positions that fit your skills, experience and interest.
  2. Attend at least one networking event per week so you have the opportunity to share what you are learning, talk about your goals, and so you don’t feel so alone.
  3. Spend at least 2-4 hours per week to keep up in the area of your expertise.
  4. Spend at least one hour per week improving your interviewing skills.
  5. When you have completed this work, allow yourself to relax and do something you enjoy.
  6. Consider starting a project, perhaps there is something you’ve wanted to do, but never had the time. Perhaps you can tackle some home projects where you can see the results of your work, like cleaning the basement, garage, and utility room? These activities will help you avoid burnout and remain active as a job-seeker.
  7. Avoid negative mental-traffic at all costs. One way is focus your attention on a project.
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