How To Stay Motivated While Searching For A Job
Searching for a job can really lower your self-esteem. It can insight helplessness and impose a sense of unparalleled dread that you won’t encounter while doing anything else. It makes you want to give up on your goals and establishes an engulfing sense of inferiority. The underlying anxiety of never getting hired sets in, and you can begin to feel as though everything your doing is a lost cause. While this is a task that will always remain daunting, these tips can help in your ongoing effort to ‘keep calm and carry on’.
The first two insights I have to share are actionable and easy first steps to getting comfortable with being uncomfortable. One of the most debilitating parts of the process is the procrastination that comes along with the job search. Whether you are postponing applying to your dream job because you want to wait until your resume is perfect, or just can’t muster the motivation to write all the annoying but necessary cover letters. To confront this, we need to have a wholesome understanding of what exactly procrastination is. Procrastination is not laziness, so it is not helpful to beat yourself up over your problematically drawn-out efforts. Procrastination is your body’s way of protecting itself from things that cause it to become stressed. It is a learned response meant to protect you from the negative feelings induced by our own anxieties. Once we have an understanding of this process, we can forge onward and place these bad omens to the wayside. Here I have included a video link that goes more in-depth on the science of procrastination. The more you understand the topic, these fears and anxieties will seemingly melt away leaving you happier and more productive.
The next most important step you can take is to create small actionable goals on a daily basis. Aim to make each task doable in under 25 minutes, in most cases, this means breaking larger tasks into smaller ones. This is equally as important for progress as it is for your motivation. If you don’t witness yourself making legitimate strides you will only become more frustrated and hopeless. It is helpful to do this on the day before you plan to complete the tasks. It gives you direction during the times you lack motivation and insight regarding the accomplishments necessary that day.
Another important factor directly linked to motivation is your perception of how attainable a job is. It is easy to fall into the trap of believing no one is getting hired, and that the existing jobs are only given to a certain type of person whom you are not. These ideas manifest themselves when you separate yourself from the workforce you are trying to be a part of. It is important to think of yourself as a member of the same team your future colleagues are on, you just haven’t arrived yet. Putting the people that hold your desired position on a pedestal only makes it harder to see yourself in their shoes. These self-defeating behaviors can lead to you feeling less deserving and ultimately more hopeless. One of the best ways to combat this is to communicate with career professionals. The more people you see filling these roles, the more obtainable they seem. Follow these people on social media, not just the unemployed students you went to school with. When you are surrounded by job seekers that career you want begins to seem more like a far fetched dream.
In order to become truly motivated, you have to discover what it is that you want out of a job. Wanting a job just because you feel it is something you are supposed to do isn’t going to get you there. Envision yourself working the job you want and try and determine the perks that really make you happy. Is it that fat paycheck eventually leading to complete financial freedom? Is it the nine to five schedule promising two day weekends free of any obligations? Or maybe it’s passing the milestone of your first job, allowing you to move on to opportunities you will actually enjoy. Regardless of your priorities, you need a light at the end of the tunnel or there simply is no reason to wander down that dark passageway to begin with.