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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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    Be_Yourself_365

    over 2 years ago

    16 comments

    Excellent recommendations.

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    kmthorpe

    about 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I like the idea of getting out of the house and seeing people to help keep youir spirits up while searching for a job.

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    pfsdean03

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    I like Sandra1's idea-"get a dog." If you can't get a dog, get a cat, a bird, ducks, chickens or something or one will lose their mind. I have those items and it can be quite amusing at my house(even with out my husband in a wheelchair.)

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    sophiaallen5

    over 4 years ago

    58 comments

    well written.It is important to practice ways to stay motivated and focused during job searching.I have seen many job seekers loose drive and focus once they have decided to look for a job.All these are very helpful ways.
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    dorabelle

    over 4 years ago

    6 comments

    I'm thinking that going out to bars could be a little more of a distraction than something helpful. Coffee shops have the potential to be networking events in themselves. Check out the Panera Bread hours, because sometimes they have wifi too.

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    carjuro

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Carjuro
    Thank you. It helps to know there is somebody out there that understand us, our situation and through some palliative ideas.

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    shemaiya

    over 4 years ago

    4 comments

    I've been unemployed since January 2008. I graduated from college in 2007 worked my last job for about (2 months and then they let me go) I decided to go back to school to take some classes....A year and a half later I found out that I'm eligible to receive my MBA in June 2010. This was an interesting article but I've found out by going to my local library (instead of sitting in my house looking at my laptop) I've met individuals who are in similar situations as myself. I've bet online MBA students, stay at home moms, and individuals who are ready to do anything and everything there is to become employed. Going to the library is (free - unless you want to use the community printer) and you get a chance to socialize. Since this year began I can say that it's been refreshing to get out of the house and to actually talk to people.

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    Sandra1

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    Get a dog....cheaper and safer way to alleviate lonliness.

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    bmore_bestson

    over 4 years ago

    58 comments

    The author of this article was simply giving us some suggestions. Now, does that mean that everything in the article will work for everyone on this site...no. Simply take what you need from it and use it where it applies. I agree with both sides of the issue, that is: 1) going out on these excursions could drain your financial resources and 2) getting some fresh air is both important and detrimental too your well being. Therefore, my plan is to get out the house more often and make sure to get some fresh air from time to time. So, for me that might include, going for a walk, volunteering at my son's school, and/or eating lunch with friends from time to time, etc. Later everyone...

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    cindyh

    over 4 years ago

    2 comments

    This was the most enlightening bit of news and encouragment I have read in a long time!
    I am involved in two different volunteer positions, and I agree, that it really does help in a "reason" to get out.
    I also look at it as a way to help others and who knows, I may run into someone that has info towards a job.
    I've been out of work since May, 08. That may be why it's different for me.

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    bakersd_jobs

    over 4 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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