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Staying Motivated During a Long Job Search


The process of looking for a new job can be a challenge. Sometimes, this search can take longer than you expected it to. This could be due to a number of reasons, whether it’s the economy, ebbs and flows in the job market, or waiting to find the perfect role for you. While it won’t always be easy, it’s important to stay motivated and remind yourself that you’ll land a job that will be a great fit for you!

Set small goals

It can be frustrating to be dealing with a long job search. One way to help keep you thinking positively is to set mini goals for yourself. While your big goal is likely to get a new job, there are smaller steps in this process, and each of these are important in helping you reach the end goal.

Remember that small wins are still wins! Reaching these mini goals will help give you a sense of accomplishment. These goals don’t necessarily have to be related to your job search, as long as they’re helping you progress in your career. Some examples of smaller goals you could set are:

  • Update your resume
  • Send out 2-3 quality applications per week
  • Make 2 new connections per week
  • Obtain a certification that may help you


Focus on quality, not quantity

It may be tempting to send out lots of applications as quickly as you can to increase the chances of getting an interview, but DON’T DO THIS! Recruiters and hiring managers can tell when you’re sending out a generic resume and even more so, a generic cover letter.

Put some effort in to customize your resume and cover letter. Starting off an application with “Dear Sir/Madam,” “Dear HR Manager,” or “To Whom It May Concern,” shows that you haven’t tried to learn more about the job or the company. Do a LinkedIn search and find out what the recruiters’ or HR staff’s names are. Even if they aren’t the hiring manager for the specific role you’re applying to, it shows that you’ve made an effort.

By sending the same templates over and over again, there’s a good chance you’ll mention things in your cover letter that are irrelevant for the job you’re applying to. Instead, be sure that you’re using specific language that’s tailored to the job description. Recruiters will notice and your application will stand above the generic ones!

Read some of our resume tips here and here.


Keep improving and ask for feedback

While you might get lucky and land a job from your first interview, it’s likely that you’ll hear a few “No’s” before securing your next position. Your instinct may be to look at this as a failure, but take this opportunity to learn from any mistakes you may have made. Try to ask your interviewer for any feedback they may have to share with you, and work on these things to prepare for the next interview you get!

Be careful to take this step only with companies you’ve had an interview with. In today’s world, recruiters and hiring managers will go through dozens, maybe hundreds, of applications, so you won’t get great feedback unless you’ve already been able to get shortlisted.

If you’re not hearing back from any of your applications, there’s likely an issue with your resume or cover letter. If you can, have someone go over your resume – it’s helpful to get a second opinion, and even better if they’re experienced in HR or hiring!
Keeping these things in mind will help you navigate your job search and stay motivated as you take steps towards your next awesome job opportunity. Click here to search through job openings on and best of luck!

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