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7 ways to stay motivated when looking for a job

27th July 2021

Searching for a new job can be a long, tedious process, and it’s easy for job seekers to lose confidence and motivation. 

But according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Australia’s unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since December 2010, so now is a really good time to be looking for work. 

We've come up with 7 handy tips to help you stay motivated during your job hunt:

1. Stay positive

Negativity and self-doubt can have a big impact on your motivation.

You can keep negative self-talk at bay by creating (or adopting) some positive affirmations for yourself. 

It might sound corny but it really does work. Start off with statements like:

  • “I deserve a great job.”
  • “Today is the day I will find the job of my dreams.”
  • “I am highly skilled in [customer service] and I’m an asset to any business.”

Write down your affirmations and stick them around your home so you can be reminded throughout the day. Say them out loud as much as you can!

2. Set specific targets and take daily action

If you set goals that are too big, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, lose focus and become stressed out by your endless to-do list. Taking small, simple steps every day is the key to achieving your goals in a more sustainable way.  If you're feeling overwhelmed try starting with tasks like:

  • Writing down a list of businesses you would like to work at and choose one each day to contact or send an application to. 
  • Reaching out to 2 new employers every day.
  • Setting a deadline to update your resume. 
  • Writing your elevator pitch and practicing it until you can say it without even thinking about it.
  • Completing your LinkedIn profile.

3. Ask for feedback

If you have been unsuccessful with a job application, ask for feedback. Most employers or recruiters will happily explain the reasons you didn’t get the job. You can use this feedback to make positive changes for future applications. 


4. Surround yourself with inspirational people you can learn from

The best way to learn something new is to learn from people who have been there before you. Reach out to successful people you know or join networking events and meet-ups, and ask plenty of questions. 

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” – Jim Rohn

If you can’t speak to someone face-to-face or don’t know anyone personally who inspires you, there are plenty of great podcasts and online videos available.  Do a search using phrases like ‘success stories’ and ‘inspirational people' and you will be bombarded with results.

5. Take care of yourself

The interview process can be drawn out and nerve-wracking, so it is important that you are in good shape emotionally, physically, and mentally. Eat right, sleep well, and exercise, and you will be prepared for even the most daunting interview.

6. Identify your weak spots, and work to improve them

Nobody is perfect or has 100% of the requirements for every job. If you know what skills or experience you are lacking, seek a career coach or a good recruiter who can help you strengthen those areas.

7. Don’t give up!

The easiest way to fail is to give up. Rejection is disheartening for everyone, but if you keep going, and treat every experience as an opportunity to learn, you will eventually be successful in gaining meaningful employment.

"Every strike brings me closer to the next home run." — Babe Ruth

By following these tips, you will gain confidence, feel empowered physically and mentally to succeed in your job search. 


If you need help finding a job chat with one of our experienced coaches, or contact your local HELP Employment and Training office today.