Searching for a new job is never fun. Looking at the same jobs on the same job boards each and every day can become tedious, frustrating and downright depressing.
Here are 3 easy ways to stay motivated during your job search.
1. Short Bursts and Lots of Rewards!
No one wants to spend 40 hours on a job search. So, don’t! Set a timer for 20 minutes and do 1 thing (update LinkedIn profile, write a cover letter, write 5 accomplishment bullets on your resume, send 2 emails for information interviews). Once it is done, reward yourself for 10 minutes. Go for a walk, scroll through Facebook, play with the dog, or eat a cookie.
2. Get a Group Together and Make It Happen.
Every Wednesday night, I have a Google Hangout with some of my entrepreneur buddies. At the top of the hour, we each say what tasks we must complete in 50 minutes. After everyone reports out, we get to work. At the top of the next hour, we report back and pick a new task. This is one of my most focused and productive nights of the week.
3. Change It Up.
Scrolling through the job boards day after day after day can be depressing. Each day do a different task. Monday is job board day. Only look on the job boards on this day. Make a list of all the jobs that interest you and work on 1 application per day. Tuesday is LinkedIn day. Log into LinkedIn and ask for recommendations, post in groups, ask for introductions, research your target companies. Wednesday is interview prep day. Create flashcards with interview questions on one side and your answer on the other and practice your answers. Thursday is network day. Research associations, meetup groups, and workshops to go and find your tribe. Friday is professional development day. You need to stay on top of the trends, technology, and changes. Spend time each week finding out the latest news in your industry.
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