Motivation in Your Job Search

Looking for employment can be one of the toughest processes to undergo. Unemployment can be frustrating, discouraging, and not surprisingly can often lead to depression (source: http://www.rodale.com/depression-and-unemployment ). Yet, as you look for a job it is essential to stay motivated, inspired and productive even during those down moments.

Here are a few tips to make the wait for your next big shot both bearable and productive, while you fine-tune your skills and market yourself.

Research: many government and non-profit programs provide free resources to job seekers including mock interviews, job fairs, training and more. We have some great partners who support those looking for work including:
Job Train
Work2Future
Phase2Careers

These groups can help you become job-ready and armed with skills to market yourself.

Volunteer: At a recent panel interview, the speaker advised job seekers to volunteer their time in industries they’re interested in working. Volunteering keeps your skills fresh should a desirable position open up and keeps you away from being isolated.

Network: Reach out to prior coworkers and bosses. Ask them if they know of any job openings that would be a good fit. Use LinkedIn or Facebook and get connected.