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Stay Motivated throughout Your Job Search via Social Media

By Joshua Waldman

Motivation is the driving force that propels people toward a goal. And motivation during a job search using social media, especially if you’re unemployed, can become a real challenge. Mounting bills, unanswered job applications, and other common job-search stresses make mincemeat out of motivation sometimes.

If you find yourself unmotivated, don’t feel discouraged or start thinking you’re lazy or lack ambition or will. All you have to do is find and understand the reason for your lack of motivation and then take steps to regain that motivation. Find yours and then apply the antidote.

Reason Your Motivation Has Disappeared How to Get Your Motivation Back
Too much stress Meditate. Studies show that just 20 minutes of daily meditation
can significantly reduce cortisol levels in the body, which in turn
reduces the feelings of stress. Exercise also reduces stress, so if
you can’t meditate, get to the gym instead. And if you really
want to feel calm and confident, do both.
Skills deficit Find out what skill you’re missing and then take steps to
acquire that skill, whether it be taking a class, attending a
seminar, or brushing up on the latest trends in your industry.
Feeling overwhelmed Break down the thing you’re feeling overwhelmed about
into smaller and smaller chunks. Then do one small piece at a time.
Don’t let feeling overwhelmed stop you from reaching your
Feeling resentment Take a step back and look at your situation dispassionately so
you can solve the problem at hand. If you need to release some
anger, go do that, but then come back to the table with a clear
head. Also remember to not take things so personally. Keep focused
on what you can control.
Procrastination cycle Conquer procrastination by having clear next steps to a worthy
goal. Record your progress and make sure your skills can meet the
challenge. The real issue may actually be another item in this
list. Find it and deal with it.
No clear next steps Start with the outcome you want and then work your way backward
by thinking of what it will take to make that happen. Break down
each task into easily digestible chunks and take one step at a
No direct feedback from your actions Use a scorecard to track your progress toward your larger goal.
If you’re just ticking things off a task list, you’re
not giving yourself enough feedback. Remember to celebrate each
success, no matter how small.

Keeping a positive perspective during your job search is just one way to stay motivated.

How to handle information overload

Give yourself a break, an information break. Today, people are exposed to more information in a day than someone who lived 100 years ago saw in a year. The human brain wasn’t meant to take in so much, so fast, so constantly. Furthermore, most of the news you hear is negative and can wear you down.

Taking a day off from the phone and computer (and even the TV) is a great way to reduce your stress and recharge for more job searching later. Enjoy your free time without being tethered to a phone or computer or even thinking about your job search.

Look at how far you’ve come

Looking at how much farther you have to go can easily overwhelm you. However, looking forward isn’t the whole truth. Consider how far you’ve come and all that you’ve gone through to get to where you are now. Take a moment from striving for a job and look back to see and acknowledge your advancements.

Take time to celebrate your progress. Every Friday, look back at your week and ask yourself, “What have I accomplished this week?” Then reward yourself for it. Not only is this a great habit to get into, but it will also keep you going strong in your job search.