| By Ally Mueller |
After applying for a few jobs and not yet hearing back, it can be difficult to find the motivation to continue the lengthy and convoluted process. I know how tiring it is to update and use your LinkedIn, set up and attend those informational interviews at Starbucks, and email/follow-up with a contact for a potential job. However, it’s important to continue that job search until you have an offer letter and an opportunity you’re excited about. I personally have a few methods of my own that I’ve used to stay motivated and find the drive to continue searching for a job. Read on to hear about some of my favorite techniques!
As an organized and disciplined individual, I thrive under routine and think that one of the best ways to stay on track in your job search is to stay organized. I know this can be difficult, but it really does work! First off, set aside 15 minutes one or two times a week to make a list of what you have accomplished so far in your job search and what you hope to accomplish in the next few days. For example, when I was searching for an internship, I wrote down the recruiters I had emailed, those I had heard back from, the informational interviews I needed to prepare for, and two more professionals I wanted to reach out to that week. Simply writing down what you need to do can help immensely in staying on top of your schedule. When I am able to see what I have to accomplish, I find it much easier to attain. Your goals become much more concrete!
Another one of my favorite ways to stay motivated is to switch up what I am specifically doing regarding finding a job. For example, when I was looking for an accounting internship, I first emailed multiple recruiters to set up informational interviews. Then, I updated and revised both my resume and LinkedIn profile. After completing these tasks, I researched the accounting industry and the specific companies I was interested in. If I had only emailed tons of accounting recruiters and professionals, the process would have been confusing, lengthy, and overwhelming. Switching up the tasks you pursue helps you to accomplish more and stay engaged in the process.
Most importantly, though, stay positive and don’t give up hope. By staying organized and continually reaching out to professionals, a job will be sure to come your way. The more time and effort you put into your job search, the more likely you are to find a job you love!