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How to Stay Motivated & Positive During your Job Search

Ask anyone, the job search is no easy task. It usually involves a lot of applications, hours of browsing, and sometimes hearing nothing back from the company. Here are our tips on staying motivated and positive during your job search!

Stay organized

The job search can be rough, which is why getting and staying organized is crucial. What we mean is start by updating everything you need, including your resume, LinkedIn, etc. Taking these steps before diving into applying will help you feel more prepared.

As you go through the process, keep track of where you’re applying to make sure to follow up. A more focused mind can help you feel more in control, improving your positivity.

Create boundaries

Boundaries can feel like a buzzword, but they’re important in all areas of life. Unsurprisingly, this extends to the job search. Instead of letting seeking and applying consume you, develop a routine or schedule. This will help you have set times when you’re “on” and “off.” Next time you’re hanging out with friends or family, you’ll be able to focus more on being with them instead of what new alerts have come in for you.

Write skill lists

When you’re not expecting it, the worst question can be, “tell me about yourself.” Suddenly we forget everything we’ve ever done or liked in our lives. Similarly, in the heat of the moment of writing cover letters, we may freeze up and miss important details to include.

By writing out a list of your skills to keep with you, you have a reminder of all the amazing things you can do. Next time when you’re stumped, turn to this list.

Get away from the screen

Searching for a job is largely browsing websites and submitting online applications. Because of this, you may focus your efforts staring at a screen all hours of the day. This can’t be avoided, but it doesn’t need to be the only thing you do.

Take some time to get away from the screen to get out into the world. Find places to volunteer and networking events to attend where you can meet people, improve your resume, and spend time with real humans.

Respond and move on

This one is simple. When you encounter a victory, no matter how big or small, celebrate and keep going. When you have bad news or a setback, process, feel, and keep going. This journey is filled with highs and lows, so the key to making it through is to keep moving forward, no matter what.


Need someone in your corner? Turn to the experts at Sterling Personnel!

Even with these handy tips, we know the job search can be exhausting and lonely. As a job placement agency in Corpus Christi, TX, we understand these challenges and want you to know we’re here to support you. Let us partner with you to find better opportunities and champion you along the way. Browse your job board to get started today!