4 Tips to Stay Motivated and Focused During an Extended Job Search


When you’re not happy at your job, or are currently unemployed, you want to find a new position immediately. Unfortunately, it rarely works out that way. As a general rule, it takes one month for every $10,000 you earn, so expect your search to last around six months if your annual salary is $60,000.

Even the toughest person is bound to feel discouraged when receiving rejection letters or hearing crickets for months on end. Learn how to keep your attention focused on getting that great new job, because good things come to those who wait.

4 Tips to Stay Motivated and Focused During a Long Job Search

Designate Specific Times for Job Search Activities

A job search can easily take over your life. Don’t allow it to become all-encompassing. Avoid falling victim to tunnel vision by taking one or two entire days off from the process each week. Additionally, limit all job search activities to certain hours of the day — or a specific amount of time — to make room in your life for other things you enjoy. Burnout happens when you push yourself too hard, so moderation is the key to a successful job search.

Volunteer for a Good Cause

It is only natural to feel frustrated during an extended job search. Get your mind off the situation, and possibly gain valuable experience, by volunteering for a local nonprofit organization. Helping others will make you feel good and being around those in need will put your own situation in prospective. Plus, volunteering is an activity you can put on your resume to make you look like a very well-rounded candidate.

Join a Professional Association

Networking is an important part of career development, but it becomes even more essential during a job search. Join a professional association to meet like-minded peers and extend your contact list. Most organizations also offer regular seminars, training sessions and other opportunities to learn and grow your skills — which can increase your marketability.

Surround Yourself with Positive People

You may not realize it, but the people you choose to spend your time with can largely impact the outcome of your job search. It’s important to surround yourself with a group of positive, encouraging friends and family members who truly want to see you succeed. When the going gets a little rough, it makes all the difference to know you have a support system who is always there to give you an ego boost.

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