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5 Ways to Stay Motivated in Your Job Search

5 Ways to Stay Motivated in Your Job Search

Tania Khadder | GovCentral

Team up with other jobseekers.
Chances are, you know others who are unemployed. Instead of each working alone in your respective homes, why not team up? Agree to meet at someone’s house, and look for jobs together. After all, misery loves company. Not only will you have others to talk to who are in the same situation, you might just find that your jobless friends make good leads. You never know who might know of a job that isn’t quite right for them, but fits you perfectly.

Go to networking events.
Whatever your industry, there are probably relevant networking or trade association events taking place locally. Not only will you keep abreast of changes in your field, you’ll get to rub elbows with living, breathing, hiring members of the work force. We all know that spending hours and hours online every day is not the most efficient way to get hired. The majority of jobseekers find work through a contact. You need to get out there and network!

Get a (night) life!
Spending eight dollars on an Apple Martini may be the furthest thing from your mind right now. And rightly so. But maintaining and growing your social network (and we don’t mean Facebook) can be a valuable part of your job search. And you don’t have to spend exorbitant amounts of money (or borrow cash from friends) to go out. Especially right now, there are plenty of extended happy hours and recession specials. Check out sites like My Open Bar to find a local spot that’s offering free (or seriously discounted) drinks tonight.

Volunteer
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: You can’t spend all day, every day, looking for work. Volunteering a couple of days a week will give you something else to do, a fresh perspective and a chance to spend time with others who share your passion for a cause. And depending on the type of volunteer work you choose, it may even help keep your career on track (and your resumé strong). I know a laid-off writer who started volunteering in the communications department of a non-profit agency. She says it’s keeping her busy, helping her develop her writing skills, and preventing her from sticking her head in an oven. Not bad for a dozen or so hours a week, which would have otherwise been spent obsessively surfing the web.


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    bakersd_jobs

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I've been unemployed since July 2009, I disagree with your comment on volunteering. In Oregon, if you are on unemployment and volunteer for more than 8 hours in a week, it will DECREASE your benefit amounts. Therefore, volunteering can also be a hinderance to your job search.

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    dibujo44

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I got laid off couple of times (now i have no job), I can say I am a veteran, and the best way to mitigate a little bit the feeling of loneliness and devastatation is doing workout, not going to a bar and drink.

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    slreiffenstein

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    The most important thing to do is to keep meeting people. In addition to networking events, invent reasons to talk to people in your industry - what we call informational interviews. When you've exhausted your immediate contact list, it's time to reach out to those you don't know. That's the best way to find out where the hidden jobs are.

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    fishatbrook

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Being at home since April 2009. I am going out for a volunteer tnext week.

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    christicollette

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Great Article!

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    Account Removed

    almost 5 years ago

    All the comments are true, down to avoiding an overpriced cup of joe. But she did allow for a forum
    of unemployed a diversion from the state of mind that sets in when one spends too much time isolated.
    Alone is one thing. Isolated is another.

    However, when I am reemployed, my very first stop on my way home will be to that coffee shop
    for a mocha double latte whatever and a double toasted bagel, just butter...

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    JerryGJones

    almost 5 years ago

    62 comments

    If we are unemployed, why would we want to spend money going to a club, sitting in a coffee shop, or wasting gas to go volunteer or meet up with other people. Also, if we are looking for a job, sitting in a room with another job-seeker is not a good idea when you find a job you want...if they are equally skilled, you both might be fighting for the same job.

    I think the person who wrote this article (Tania Khadder) has never been out of work. When you are unemployed, you have to cut all extra spending, and telling people to get out of the house, although good for your mood, is bad on the wallet. If you are depressed about trying to find work, you will most likely want to spend money if you get out and about. I have never seen anyone sit in a coffee shop, and NOT get thirsty...and those coffees aren't cheap.

    Good effort, but bad idea.

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    charger68

    about 5 years ago

    23188 comments

    That is all good but at times when you do that you are spending money that you might need for bills, food etc .I think the more job sites that you find and they can send you daily emails on possible openings etc, works also

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    slvrdeb

    about 5 years ago

    326 comments

    Well it all makes sense in the big scheme of things, just a matter of contining to move forward with your life.

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    aweyburn

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Exercising has helped me stay sane.

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    metot

    over 5 years ago

    3524 comments

    Great... to be always motivated:)

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    revamania

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Networking groups sounds like a winner. The key would be finding people within your area.

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    dystaind

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    One thing I learned from my unemployment time was to keep track of days. Know what day of the week it is and what day of the month. If you get caught in a terrible stupor, you'll feel the days drag and then fly by without warning. I know I felt my worst when I realized 2 weeks then 2 months passed by and I hadn't accomplished much. By keeping track of what day it was and the things I had done, I felt a little better about my productivity in improving myself.

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    GLamborn

    over 5 years ago

    2 comments

    More good news! Barnes and Noble now has FREE WiFi. Books, coffee, internet, what more could one ask for? Oh, and sometimes you can get a seat at the cafe or on the comfy chairs if you time it just right. I prefer the cafe chairs. (Less likely to fall asleep...). I have finally taken a P/T job at big box just to get by. Still looking.

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    buzz55

    over 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I am spending as much time looking for a job as i am spending on a new venture, if I can not get hired do to age--then I will develop my own opportunity. Good article --be looking for BBoomerJobs.com focused on baby boomers

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