Looking for a job is an emotional rollercoaster! One day you feel on top of the world: you are energized, you have just met a great lead or you’ve just got an interview for that dream job with your name written all over it. The next you hit rock bottom and wonder “will I ever work again”. All that uncertainty can make it hard to stay motivated. But my friend, staying motivated is what you must do. Landing a job takes work, persistence and courage all of which are fueled by motivation.
“People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing - that's why we recommend it daily.” - Zig Ziglar
7 daily steps to stay motivated
1. Write down the negative thought. E.g. “I’m never going to get a job”
2. Ask yourself: is it true? E.g. “In the past I’ve always found a job and most people get another job, so this is untrue.”
3. Imagine your best friend was being negative about herself, what would you say to help her shift her thinking? E.g. “You will get another job. It may take time but it will happen: stay focused and stay positive”. Repeat this to yourself whenever this particular negative thought appears.
Motivation is the fuel for your job seeking journey, so make it a daily priority to stay motivated. Follow these seven steps and you will stay on top your game and increase your chances of landing your dream job.
Connecticut peeps: For free job seeking workshops and peer support visit www.newcanaancats.org
Dr Leonaura Rhodes is a physician turned Health and Career Coach. She is Director of Programming for “Project: Job Search” and volunteers for New Canaan CaTS (Career Transition Support Group) a community group offering free workshops and support for job seekers.