It has been 3 months and still no jobs.
You get up at 7.00 am every day, have your breakfast, take a shower, dress and switch on your computer at 8.30am. You check your emails to see whether or not you have received any feedback regarding your applications.
Nothing. Not even a NO.
So once again like every morning, you login into LinkedIn, check your messages and start searching for jobs. This has been the routine for too long and you are starting to lose hope.
You are doing everything you’re supposed to do. You tweak your CV before sending it to prospective employers, you connect and talk with key decision makers, you publish articles related to your field of work, you comment on posts where you feel you have something to say. You also go to networking events related to your field. You talk to relatives, friends, former colleagues and bosses… but still nothing.
At 12.30 you have lunch and at 13.30 you carry on with more job searches. Before you know it, 6pm and your kids are back from school. You’ll have to start searching for jobs again tomorrow.
How tiring this process can be. Looking for a job can be draining, demotivating and hard. I know that feeling because I have been there.
When your motivation is low, it is easy to have negative emotions and get stuck in this draining cycle. The biggest challenge when looking for a job it to maintain your enthusiasm, especially when you are dealing with rejections and radio silence.
Shake up your job search routine
However, by applying some changes to your job search routine, your can reignite your energy and stay motivated. Here are some techniques I have used in the past and have suggested to my clients, which are very effective.
1. Get out of the house
If you are in the house Monday through Sunday for sure you will become crazy and demotivated. Make yourself presentable, take your laptop and go to a co-working space, a café or the library. Seeing other people working will help you stay productive.
As I work from home, I make sure I meet with other solo entrepreneurs like me, and we work from a co-working space. As you can imagine, working from home you can sometime feel lonely, but by being around other people your energy shift positively.
2. Treat yourself everyday
During the day do something that you like. Go and have lunch with a friend, or former colleagues or bosses even. Listen to music that you enjoy and makes you feel good. Treat yourself to a nice pastry or a snack. Have a walk in a park or do some exercises. Research shows that people who exercise feel more energetic, sleep better, have sharper memories and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives.
Make a list of what you are looking for in your next role. Yes, I know I mentioned this in some of my previous posts but if it has been 3 months and you need to find a job quickly, you also need to stay focussed. Objectives can easily drift if you don’t remind yourself of what they are.
So make a list of what you really want in your next role. i.e the skills you want to use, skills you want to develop, people you want to work with, benefits you want to have, environment you want to be in.
4. Take some time off
If you’ve been job searching for a while, you owe it to yourself to take a break. It is essential to clear your mind so you can come back refreshed and more positive.
Depending on where you live and your budget, try to get away for a few days to a completely different environment. That could be the coast, the mountains or to visit some relatives or friends in another city.
5. Learn something new
Break up the monotony while doing something to benefit your career. There are lots of resources to learn new skills, cheaply or for free.
OpenCulture.com – Here you’ll find courses from top universities to learn anything from economics to psychology, for free.
Udemy. com – This site has tons of small budget courses to learn anything from accountancy to social media.
Volunteer in a company where you can develop your skills or learn new ones. This will get you out of the house and interacting with people too.
See what works for you
These techniques worked for my clients and for me, so have a try. See what you can do to keep yourself fresh, focussed and motivated.