Losing your job is painful. There are many days when you may feel discouraged because the job market is complicated and the competition for jobs is fierce. In order to survive through your period of unemployment, it’s important to use whatever resources you can to stay motivated.
Try these tips to boost your motivation while you search for a new job:
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Utilize the Power of The Internet
Save time and money! Many tasks that will help you get a job are activities you can do more efficiently online.
- Research companies, fill out applications, and join online networking groups to streamline your job search.
Search for Employment Opportunities Daily
- Work on your job search each day. Spend five days of the week actively looking for a job. Pick the ones that will work best for you. In most cases, that would be Monday through Friday. Take the other two days to the things that keep you motivated..
Use your Unemployment Benefit Wisely
- Pay bills that are necessary but limit other things, like social outings, to a minimum.
- If you need to borrow money from a friend or family member, do so. Having the money you need to get by will take a lot of stress off of you.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
- Eat nutritious food. Stressful times tend to weaken your immune system. Now is the time to keep yourself motivated, so include plenty of extra fruits and vegetables in your diet to help your body be at its best. Protein is also necessary for keeping your energy levels up when you’re looking for work.
- Trying to gain or lose weight at this time doesn’t usually work well. You’re more likely to be successful with your weight goals if you put off dieting until after you’ve found another position.
Get Active for Health Sake
- Exercise regularly. Enjoy whatever type of exercise that you’re used to doing. This can be dancing, running, walking, or any other type of activity that you wish.
- Exercise reduces stress, brings you energy, keeps you alert, increases your feelings of well-being, and strengthens your health. All of these benefits will help keep you motivated while looking for a job.
Catch Up on your Sleep and Rest
- Get plenty of rest. It may be difficult to sleep at times when you’re looking for work, but it’s better to try. For optimum benefits, shoot for 7 or 8 hours of good quality sleep.
- Avoid caffeine or computer screens for several hours before bedtime to make it easier to get your rest.
Tap into your Network
- Use your friends for support. Don’t be afraid to enlist the help of your friends. Explain to them that you’re between jobs and actively looking for work. Now is not the time to be shy or reserved. Tell them what you’re looking for and your background and skills.
- Social Media is an excellent networking resource too. Reach out to your connections on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, and any professional networks that you may be a member of.
- Your friends may know of a company that is looking for someone with your talents, skills, and credentials!
Reconnect with Former Co-Workers
- Make an effort to keep in touch with previous co-workers. Co-workers from your previous job may also have job ideas and leads for you.
Monitor Fuel Expenses
- Watch your transportation costs. Cutting back on your gas mileage will save you money. It will also prevent a lot of wasted time. Only go to companies that you’ve contacted and have an interview with, so you aren’t just pounding the pavement.
Practice Self Care
- Schedule some “me time” each day. When you’re unemployed, you might find that you’re actually working harder than ever. Plus, the stress is highly taxing – both mentally and physically. It is important to re-energize and boost your morale by engaging in activities that bring you pleasure.
- Try to spend an hour each day doing something you love. Whether you immerse yourself in a hobby or a good book, or even just take a nap, enjoy your special time however you like. Pamper yourself. You deserve it!
Volunteer your Time
Research has shown that volunteering leads to lower rates of depression and it keeps you physically and mentally active. A major benefit of volunteering is that it helps you to meet others and establishes new relationships — that could open doors to new employment opportunities.
Finding a new job almost always takes longer than we want it to, but you can stay motivated by using these tips. Stay focused and dedicated, and you’re determination will pay off.
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