The unemployment figures are worse each day and even the advertised jobs seem to be there just for show because no one is responding. It feels as all applications are going to a black hole. I am not sure about you but I am not feeling very motivated to search for a job right now. I wish I was one of the few lucky ones who managed to keep their jobs but I am not. I know how hard it is to keep going but if you are in the same position as me you know we have no other choice. We have to find a job.
I have a few tips to help you stay motivated and not lose your mind in this situation.
Get up, get dressed, get showered and start your day
You have probably stayed up late watching Netflix or stared at the ceiling until early hours worrying and you are tired and demotivated. You might be wondering what’s the point of carrying on with your job search. You feel that nothing will change so you might as well stay in bed and ignore the world around you.
You are right, nothing will change if you don’t change your mindset. You need to start feeling optimistic about life and your job search. To be able to do that, you need to take action in the right direction however hard it is.
We have never been in this situation before. It is hard to tell how long will this uncertainty last but remember, it will not last forever. You just need to hang on there and do everything you can to get a job. You will get one. Do you know why? Because you have no other choice.
Get up early, shower, get dressed and you should feel instantly better. Go for a walk and listen to music which makes you feel happy, listen to a podcast, make your favourite breakfast or a coffee. Do anything that will motivate you and make you smile. Don’t look at the clock, but focus on trying to create a positive mindset before you open your laptop and start the job search.
Start the job search
Get creative with your job search and focus on a different platform through the day. Start with the easiest first. If Indeed is your prefer way of searching, start there. Apply for all suitable jobs you can find, search for companies you are interested in, create your profile and upload your CV. It will make you feel as you are achieving something. Then move on to the next platform, lets say LinkedIn and carry on until you reach the most difficult part of your job search, such as lengthy application forms. By the time you get to them you should be fired up by the progress you have made and complete the forms with ease.
Think about other options
This could be the perfect time to start that new business you always wanted. Maybe like me you always wanted to start a blog, write a book, sell a product on Amazon or whatever you dreamed about but didn’t get to do. It does not mean that you have to spend hundreds of pounds. You will have to invest a little but this could be the break you needed. Do your research and look at your options. Check out how I started my blog.
When the times are tough and we find it hard to stay motivated it is so important to have a little reward to keep us going. It could be something simple such as a nice glass of wine, an episode of your favourite Netflix show or a slice of a chocolate cake. I love having a nice pampering session at the end of the day or a glass of gin and tonic. It is a small pleasure but it is something I can look forward to when I’m stuck in the middle of a job search.