How to Get Your Motivation Back

You started your job search with the best of intentions.  In the first few weeks you were actively seeking out leads, customizing your resume, following up on applications and networking like crazy.  However, lately your motivation has been waning.  What can you do to get yourself back in the groove?  Here are some tips that may help:

Join a job search group.  Sometimes all you need to get yourself motivated is someone that will hold you accountable.  In job search groups you share experiences, job leads, and you report your progress.  It can also be encouraging to spend time with people who are facing the same challenges as you are.

Watch the company you keep.  Pay attention to the way that you feel after spending time with your friends and family.  Have you ever noticed that some people build you up while others leave you feeling drained? It’s always a good idea to avoid people who bring you down, but when you’re job searching, it’s crucial.   

Try a new approach.  How have you been conducting your job search?  Have you mostly been responding to online advertisements?  Now is the perfect time to try a new approach.  Get out there and meet people who may be able to help you.  If you haven’t had much success so far, a new strategy may turn your luck around.

Set short term and long term goals.  When you don’t have clear goals, it can be difficult to focus your energy.  Your goals don’t have to be elaborate.  Your short term goals can be as simple as, “send out five customized resumes each day”.  The point is that you have something to strive for and something that you can use to measure your success.

Treat yourself.  It’s important to work hard at your job search, but don’t forget to be kind to yourself.  Allow yourself a night out or treat yourself to new outfit when you’ve had a particularly productive week.  Remember, all work and no play can kill your motivation.

Job searching can easily dampen your spirit.  You need to work hard, face constant rejection and sell your skills to people who you’ve never met.  Every job seeker has dark days and most need a strategy to get past them.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help and don’t be too hard on yourself; oftentimes things feel the most hopeless right before you get your big break!

(Written by: Karen Bivand, Photo by:  Stuart Miles/


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