When looking for your dream job, you may feel discouraged or 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 advice on staying motivated during your career hunt gathered by the people who know it best – our recruiting specialists.

Define your goal precisely

It’s no good vaguely that you want to do “get a career in finance.” You won’t know when you achieved your target unless it’s concrete. 

To avoid the stress of job hunting and planning your career, it is advisable of job seekers to do research into the specific job titles and companies that they would like to work for.

There are many factors to consider when figuring out what job to pursue. What does the job entail? What is the company like? 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 keeps you focused and motivated. By becoming motivated and focussed, you will be able to imagine your future and reach it.

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

Keep organised and break goals down into tasks

Break your dreams and visions down into smaller, actionable tasks. Work out exactly how you can achieve your goals and then plan how you will get there. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but they were laying bricks every hour!

To achieve your goals in smaller, yet highly effective, steps, try online courses to boost your skills, seeking out networking opportunities on LinkedIn or local events, or building your personal brand.

Pause, don’t quit

If you are finding the job search stressful or overwhelming, take a break, but don’t quit. Reflect on what you have achieved so far and remind yourself of your goals.

It is often recommended to write a list of your 3 big achievements when you are feeling discouraged about a lack of job prospects.

Be honest with yourself 

Do you use your phone too much? Recognise your own bad habits – what do you use your phone for? And how often do you find yourself wasting time on your phone?

Create some strategies to help end your bad habits – turn the TV off, put your phone on do not disturb at night, limit your screen time to one hour per day, etc.

Distract yourself by doing things that aren’t productive but aren’t completely useless either – socialise, do some exercise, read a book.

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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