Job searches can be difficult, and staying motivated through them can be even more of a challenge. Here’s what I want you to keep in mind: everyone gets rejected. You might receive 1, 3, 5, or even 10 rejections before you get an interview at the company you’re meant to join.
I understand how tough this can be. To help you out, I’ve compiled my three top ways to stay motivated during your job search!
1. Create a vision board.
A vision board is a visual manifestation of everything you want to achieve in life, from your ideal home to the people who inspire you and what you want to be known for. It’s a bulletin board, poster, or PDF file that combines images that inspire you, depict your ideal future, or motivate you to stay on track. It gives you something to aim towards while reminding you of your own greatness.
Sort through the nearest magazine right now, or if you’re at your computer, check out Pinterest. Are there any images there that inspire you? If so, go ahead and take them out or save them to your desktop! Then, print them out and create a board that you can put over your desk at work or use it for some inspiration at home. An alternative to this is creating a custom background for your computer so that you always keep it in mind. The types of pictures you choose can range from depictions of your ideal lifestyle, businesspeople you admire, organizations you dream of joining, and images of the legacy you want to leave.
2. Set affirmations about why you’re amazing.
An affirmation is a brief, positive statement about your potential that will help you stay focused, motivated, and driven to achieve your dream life. First, I want you to create three affirmations that highlight your top three characteristics, three moments you’re proud of, or your key accomplishments. Here are some examples:
I am awesome because I became the youngest graduate of Northwestern University’s MBA program.
I am awesome because I fundraised $5000 for a charity that I care about.
I am awesome because I am ambitious, intelligent, and hard-working. I know I will be able to make a positive impact on health and wellness as a doctor.
Once you’ve written your affirmations, print them out and put them in a visible location, such as above your desk at home. Repeat them to yourself each morning and you’ll find yourself becoming more confident and motivated everyday.
3. Set affirmations about why you’re the best candidate.
Even if you don’t have a targeted position yet, think critically about the unique mix of skills you bring to the table and how you can apply them to create value. Then, say these out loud to yourself everyday for 1-2 weeks before your interview. You’ll not only find that this is quick interview preparation as you’ll eventually start to remember them, you’ll also feel more sure of your own abilities, which will help you speak with confidence. An amazing example is: “I’m the best candidate to hire because I have a track record in surpassing sales targets month-over-month.” Or “My unique combination of project management and marketing experience will give me an edge when developing marketing strategy and coordinating stakeholders.”