A lot of my clients seem to get ‘stuck’ in their job searches. Most of this stems from one thing: fear. They’re afraid that they’re not good enough or marketable enough. Worse, they may have had a bad experience in their last job that really hurt their motivation.
If this sounds like you and you’re looking to kick-start your job search momentum, here’s my top advice: get out of your own way. When you get stuck, you start feeling demotivated. You may find yourself reluctant to go outside of your comfort zone, search for a job, and do what it really takes to land an awesome new opportunity.
Luckily, this can be fixed by changing your perspective. Instead of viewing the job search as a drag, think of it as an amazing new opportunity to land your dream role! Here are five practical strategies to help you achieve this mindset shift and boost your job search momentum:
1. Find an accountability partner.
An accountability partner is someone who you trust and rely on to help you stay motivated and empowered. It could be your spouse, close friend, partner, or a career coach. Make a pact with this person that you’re going to do certain important things by certain dates, and they’ll be able to keep you on track.
2. Celebrate milestones.
It’s so easy to get bored and disengaged from your job search. To help make sure you’re focused on your end goal at all times, I recommend actively celebrating milestones no matter how big or small. If you landed an interview or have a meeting set up with a top tier recruiter, celebrate the success you’ve created so far and you’ll feel motivated to continue achieving.
3. Set and say positive affirmations on a daily basis.
You may find it hard to motivate yourself during a job search, especially if it’s a long one. You may not be getting back to back interviews and this can become emotionally draining. Stay focused and optimistic by writing out some positive affirmations to say on a daily basis! These are brief statements that remind you that you are capable of achieving your dream career. Here are some examples:
- I am marketable!
- I am a great resource!
- I bring unique value to the table!
4. Research and learn.
Always be ahead of the game when it comes to researching what’s happening in your target industry and learning what it takes to get hired quickly. The more information you have about the opportunities you’re pursuing, the better prepared you’ll be to target your application and interview answers.
5. Put yourself out there and talk to people!
Staying inside and applying to jobs online may seem like a safe option. It’s not stressful, it doesn’t require you to talk to people, and it’s easy. But, nothing easy ever results in something amazing. If you really want to land your dream career it’s so important that you step outside your comfort zone and go network. Why? Because the more people know about your goals and current situation, the easier it will be for them to help you.
Are you struggling with your job search momentum? Do you have a story to tell? Tell me about it in the comments section!