Other Scholarly Suggestions
Giving yourself a goal, and then rewarding yourself for
reaching it might sound a bit cheesy, but you probably
do this unconsciously. Had a busy morning finishing off
an application you’re proud of? Then you reward
yourself with a treat for lunch.
Quotes, posters, and images
Do you remember as a teenager having a wall plastered
with posters and pictures cut out of magazines of your
favorite musicians, actors and so on? Well, inside you
that teenager probably still lurks, and is still motivated
by role models, words and song lyrics, pictures and art.
Make your search into a game:
Let’s face it, it’s a job looking for a job. If you’re out of
work you’re probably at home all day on your own, which
isn’t a barrel of laughs either. You have to put the fun
into it, and you can do this by creating a game out of
your activities. Here are a few ideas:
Job advertisement lingo bingo: create a bingo card with words
or phrases that you find in job advertisements, the more
cheesy the better. Think of this as a version of corporate bingo.
As you go through a day’s search of job boards see if you can
tick them off, and if you get the full house treat yourself to a
small prize (gift under $10). It sounds corny but it does work
Struggle to stick to your goals? Get a friend to be
If you’re finding that your self-discipline is lagging, ask a
trusted friend or family member to act as your “job
search boss”. Send them your goals, or a list of what you
need to do that day, on an email. Ask them to follow-up
with you about it. Ask them to question you about why
you haven’t followed up or acted on the tasks that day if
you’ve not managed to complete everything. The idea
isn’t that they punish you, it’s more to act as a sounding
board as to what factors or issues are stopping you from
doing what you need to do.
Be physically active
Sitting at a PC or laptop all day every day is not healthy,
and we all know it. Your posture, breathing and sense of
perspective will be affected by working like this. Firstly,
do give yourself regular breaks from the screen and desk.
Just going for a walk to another room, doing a domestic
task, making a drink, can all help you have a five-minute
break each hour.
See Yourself In Your Next Job
Visualization and/or meditation
We’ve spoken before about visualizing yourself in a role,
and how this can help you to motivate yourself to finish
that application, or spur you into getting on with the
research ready for interview. You can also visualize
yourself carrying out job searching activities, to get you
going if you’re running out of steam.
Meditation is more about helping you to relax. There are
lots of CDs and so on out in the market or you could go
to a class. Most meditation will start by getting you to sit
or lie in a relaxed position, close your eyes, and imagine
a serene place, such as a beach or a garden.
Do something meaningful or positive
If you’re out of work, this is an opportunity: think of all
the things you’ve wanted to do but never had the time.
Volunteering, learning a language, pursuing a hobby.
Allocate time to do something positive. It will help you
to structure your time for job searching and also give you
Be Active In Your Job Club
Share the experience
There’s other people feeling the same thing as you.
There’s lots of job seeker forums and job clubs out there,
and it doesn’t usually cost anything to join. You and
other job seekers can help to motivate each other with
encouragement and sharing the load. You are your
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