How to Stay Motivated While Job Searching

Earlier this month I got laid off from my job. I didn’t really see it coming since I was always busy working and staying late. I left the office after receiving the news and went home to cry (it’s my first time getting laid off). My boyfriend comforted me while I stayed in bed miserable for about thirty minutes. After I was done crying, I got up, grabbed the laptop, and began looking for a job.

For the past few weeks , I’ve been looking for a job and I wanted to share some tips to help others stay motivated in looking for a job.

1. Make some time everyday to look for a job.

Pretty Simple? No, not really. Once unemployed you might fall into a pit of darkness. You might want to stay in bed a bit longer or you might think to yourself ‘I’ll do it in a little while.’ Then it’s the evening and you start thinking it’s too late to apply so you’ll do it the next day and the cycle repeats. When you wake up, take thirty minutes to apply for a job, even if it’s just one. That one job will keep you motivated to keep applying.

2. Frame your unemployment as a job.

How? Give yourself structure, give yourself working hours if you must but make this your job for now until you land a real one. This will help you the most as you try to market/sell yourself to others. 

3. Get encouragement from friends and family.

Often times people don’t realize how encouraging friends and family can be. I fell off the wagon a couple times but I’m glad to have my family and boyfriend supporting my 24 hours a day. When you start feeling down it helps to hear encouraging words from your family and friends. I met up with several friends after I lost my job. They not only gave me a few supporting words but they helped me look at my resume and keep me informed of job openings. 

4. Keep up with your appearance, diet, and exercise routine.

It’s easy to get lazy once you lost your job but keeping up with these things will help you stay motivated and keep your mind from thinking about the current situation. Increasing your exercise routine can help you relax as well. Since unemployment I was able to lose 4-5lbs easily. 

5. Set up realistic goals and work towards them.

Set goals for yourself so you can give yourself a timeline but don’t expect to get a job within a week. Aim to send out 10 resumes before the end of the week. Have an interview? Tell yourself to follow up with the interview within couple days. When you accomplish some of your goals, you will feel rewarded. 

Stay Motivated and Good Luck!

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