So what are the secrets to staying motivated?
Instead of waking up and dreading the day, look for the shiny silver lining. In other words, what will you look forward to doing today and this week? If the answer is, “I’ve got nothing,” then fix it. Incorporating your interests, hobbies or anything you enjoy doing into your daily routine gives you something to look forward to and serves as a reward for accomplishing all the other unpleasant, dreaded job search tasks. Here are some ideas for how you should structure your day. Here’s a step by step guide to walk you through setting up your day: Visualization.
WARNING: The fun stuff should be used sparingly- this isn’t a vacation you know! 😉
One is the loneliest number! Find an accountability partner to collaborate with. We all need fresh ideas and new perspectives, and a dose of honest feedback! I hope I’m not hearing you say, “but I don’t know anyone.” Asking for help is hard, I get it, but don’t use that as an excuse. Your first choice should be someone who has the time and whom you respect. A current job seeker is one choice, or someone who has recently landed would be another. I suggest avoiding someone who hasn’t had to actively look for a job in awhile. I’m not so sure how up to date their information is, but don’t discount their input. Also avoid selecting your spouse, partner or family. They are too close to be of assistance.
Start your job search on the right foot by defining what it is you want to do and where you want to do it. This focus allows you to get excited about finding the “near perfect” opportunity.
Seeing Is Believing is filled with pointers on how to find targets and a success story of one woman who zeroed in and landed her gig!