The process of finding, applying for, and interviewing for your dream job is daunting and leaves many job seekers feeling unmotivated and stuck in a bit of a rut. Whether you are looking for your first job or are re-entering the jobs market after leaving a former role, we want to help you keep motivated.

Here are our 7 best tips on keeping motivated throughout your job search given by the people who know about it best – our recruitment specialists.

Define your goal precisely

Discover exactly what you want to achieve and define your ultimate career goal in a very precise manner. It’s no good vaguely saying you want to “get a job in finance”. You won’t know when you have finally accomplished your goal unless it’s specific. 

Those who do their research into specific job titles and companies they would like to work for have a much clearer vision into their future goals. Which title appeals to you most? What are the progression opportunities like in this company? Where do you see yourself in the next 5 or 10 years?

Visualise where you want to be

Visualisation is a powerful tool that not only helps you focus, but also keeps you motivated. By creating an imagined future for yourself to refer to, to focus on, to visualise, you will be more motivated than ever to get to that place.

Manifest the highest, most grand vision for yourself possible so you will always have something to aim for, regardless of your successes.

Keep organised and break goals down into tasks

A plan takes your goals and visions from a dream into action. How exactly are you going to achieve your goals? Plan how you will get there with smaller, actionable tasks. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour!

Try completing online courses to strengthen your knowledge, seeking out networking opportunities on LinkedIn or local events, or building your personal brand to achieve your goals in smaller, yet extremely helpful, steps.

Pause, don’t quit

If things are feeling too overwhelming or stressful, take a break. But don’t quit. Take some time to reflect on everything you’ve achieved so far and remind yourself of your goals.

It is often recommended to write a list of three things you are grateful for when you may be feeling uncertain about any insecurities holding you back from your job search. Re-reading these affirmations every week can help remind you of the positives and ultimately work as a motivation resource. 

Be honest with yourself 

Do you spend too much time unproductively scrolling on your phone? Be honest. The first step to eliminating distractions is recognising what they are, when the desire to be distracted by them appears, and how often you find them arising.

Devise some strategies to help end these distractions – this could be turning the TV off while you are working from home, limiting your screen time to an hour per day, or putting your phone on do not disturb until the evening.

Break up time between distractions by doing activities that aren’t necessarily productive towards your career search but aren’t wholly unproductive in general. This could be doing some exercise, reading, or being sociable.

Surround yourself with people that inspire you

Becoming the best, most productive version of yourself means surrounding yourself with people that inspire and share similar goals to you. The people around you will either help you become a better version of yourself or encourage you to become a lesser version of yourself.

Jim Rohn famously said that we are the average of the five people we spend the most time with. Whether we like it or not, we are greatly influenced by our relationships by the people closest to us. These relationships affect our self-esteem, the way we think, and our decision making.

Make sure, then, that you surround yourself with people that inspire and motivate you to become the best version of yourself. If this isn’t a realistic possibility, try filtering your social media feeds so that you are only following pages and people that make you feel positive and inspired as opposed to envious or low in self-worth.

Stuck? Look at things in another way

Often, it’s getting started that becomes the biggest obstacle for us in our job search. Putting off writing a cover letter or building your CV is a totally normal form of procrastination – but it can be avoided. Try doing something you enjoy first, that’s not completely unproductive, like browsing LinkedIn, to kick you off.

Once you get started, you’re on a roll. Get that CV written, apply to that job with the tedious application process. Something that helps us is writing a list of everything we’ve achieved after the task is completed, rather than writing an unforgivingly long “to-do” and feeling defeated at the end of the day when there remain jobs to do.


If you are looking for a new role, contact us for a confidential chat about your prospects. Workforce place people in their dream jobs every day – make yourself the next.

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