Job Hunt Tips: How to Keep Motivated


you are one of the many people looking for jobs, you know this fact: it can get very tiring. You know that you have to keep searching, applying, networking, cold calling, and so on. At the start, you’re on fire. But every rejection or unanswered application affects your confidence. You’ll likely end up feeling very drained and very disheartened.

So what can you do so that you stay motivated and positive in your job hunt?

Here are a few tips.

  • Make a List of Your Priority Jobs

Before you start sending out your resume with a picture template and applying everywhere, slow down. It may be tempting to apply to the first job you see but think first. If ever you get accepted, will you be happy working in that job? Or will you even be satisfied with that company in the first place?

What you should do first instead is research. For example, you want to be a graphic designer. Try looking for companies that are actually hiring for that position. Then from there, shortlist them further and only send applications to the companies you really like. That way, you won’t spend all your energy applying to random companies you don’t even know.

  • Set Realistic Goals

Here’s another truth regarding job applications: don’t expect to get a job with the first company you apply to. Companies get plenty of job applications per day, and they have limited positions. Once you accept that fact, there’s less pressure.

At the same time, don’t just settle with the “fact” that you’re never going to get work. Like we said in this blog post, every application you send is one step closer to success. So you can set a goal for yourself that’s more realistic. Aim to get a job within three months, for example. And instead of applying to 20 jobs a day, limit it to 5.

And to motivate yourself even further, give yourself a reward when you get a job. You might be surprised that you get hired sooner than expected. 

  • Find People You Can Learn From

Stuck in a job hunt rut? Hang out with people who were successful in their job search. Please don’t be jealous of their success. Instead, try to find out what worked for them and what didn’t. Pick their brains. They might have succeeded because they have skills that you don’t, for example. If that’s the case, then you need to focus on upskilling.

  • Follow Up with Potential Employers

You might have applied already to some companies, and you have successfully passed the first interview. But they haven’t gotten back to you yet, and you’re starting to feel discouraged.

Well, instead of waiting around, there’s nothing wrong with following up. Email HR or, if you can, call them. It’s better than twiddling your thumbs waiting for your phone to ring. That even shows that you are very proactive, which employers will appreciate.

  • Practice Positive Reflection

Here’s something you have to remember. Just because you didn’t get hired does not mean you are not capable of anything. It just means that the one who got hired caught the attention of the employer. It’s not a reflection of you as a person or that you don’t have anything to offer.

Remind yourself every day of what you can do and what you can provide to a company. And if you need to take a break from job hunting, take it. When you come back, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to begin the search once again.


Job hunting takes time, like anything worth doing. It may feel hard, but once you get your desired job, all your efforts will be worth it. Don’t give up, and just keep searching.

AboutJamaal Brathwaite
Founder & CEO at Jobseekrs® | Innovator | Diversity & Inclusion Advocate

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