Don’t give up: how to stay motivated when looking for work

Job search takes time, effort, and often makes the applicant to leave the comfort zone. Depending on many factors, such as the availability of vacancies, experience of the applicant and his expectations, the search may take a month or drag on for months or a year.

At the request of the publisher career consultant Tatiana Voloshin spoke about how to maintain motivation when looking for work and not to lose confidence.

When it comes to disappointment?

There is no response from employers

In this case, usually the person is looking for reasons that “employers post jobs just so”, “market worth” or “my experience is they are not interesting”.

The solution is to adapt the resume for jobs that you send it in.

How to do it:

1. Call his office in the summary so that it reflects your responsibilities, regardless of what is written in your workbook. To the employer it is important to understand what exactly did the candidate.

2. Analyze the text of the vacancy and understand that the employer is looking for. If you have the right experience, put its first points on last place of work. Summary add in a few accomplishments, especially recently.

3. Make sure you available described their duties and from the description it is clear that you did on the last job. For example, is not informative, it will look “reporting”, but much clearer – “the preparation of financial statements for the quarter/year”.

Rejected after interview

In this case, the person begins to look for reasons in their personal and professional qualities and, worse yet, use labels: “it’s because I’m shy, Yes I do know how, I have no will to work”, “I’m a loser”, “I was always unlucky.” Another option – the applicant just blames employers, who did not appreciate its potential, because “hired stupid HR-s,” etc.


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Though actually in the bounce there is nothing wrong. The fact that different companies need different people with different personalities. In my practice there were candidates who did not fit a single employer, but they work with others. We are all different and often we are comfortable to work with those who are similar to us.

Solution: to stop to shift responsibility and to begin to analyze the interviews, to draw conclusions.

How to do it:

1. After a failure answer the following questions:

  • what was important to that employer, and if I showed it to him?
  • what questions did I answer well?
  • what questions have shown me is not at its best, and how I need to respond to them in the future?

2. If you realize that your knowledge is not really enough to get a dream job, go on courses, learn online or revise his salary expectations to get into a company where you will gain the necessary experience.

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How not to lose heart?

1. Make a list of your achievements

It will help you to see how much you made, and complement your resume. Also remember a situation when something didn’t work, but you have brought it to an end. This will remind you what you’re capable of.

Make a second list with their own strengths. This is the potential that you will “sell” to future employers. In addition, the understanding of these qualities will give you confidence during the interview.

If you find it difficult to remember the achievements and strengths, ask their former leaders (if left with them), colleagues, friends. Remember, what you have asked the help of former colleagues as well – that was given to you hard, but you learned to do it well.

2. Read success stories

When discouraged, it is very important to find the strength to move on. This is a very good help success stories of others, inspiring video. For these purposes, are great TED Talks. Other positive examples will help you to see that the complexity is at all, but each of us has the power to overcome them.


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3. Start a “success journal”

Fix it your achievements daily. It can be even small successes are not related to the job search. It is important to learn to see its advantages and focus on them.

4. Don’t let yourself be discouraged

In this state you will be more difficult to “sell” your skills to employers, as you will only cause pity. Interview will be successful only if you will be in a good emotional state.

5. Remember that you and your work – not the same

If you now have no success in finding a job, don’t let yourself think that you have something wrong. Treat this situation as to the call that you want to overcome.