Post # 1
As we all know, job searching sucks big time. Particularly in this economy. Sometimes it feels like it will never end!
So what do you do to motivate yourself to keep on going, keep on looking, keep on keeping on? I like to get ideas about this from other people.
For me, I like to make lists of things I can buy or stuff I can do when we have more money. That’s pretty much it, so I need some ideas!
Post # 3
I just keep telling myself that I’ll be able to find something that pays better and cut down to one job instead of having to work 60 hour weeks in order to make ends meet.
Post # 4
My motivation is a combination of “If I get a job we can save up faster for a house/DH a truck/Fun cars (I want a jeeo to go mudding in and he wants to build a Cobra).” and the fact that I HATE being a house wife. Hate it. I miss being working.
Post # 5
I stayed motivated by looking at each interview I went on as a learning experience, so felt like I learned what I could do better on the next one.
Post # 6
My existing job, haha.
I’m no longer job searching, but when I was, that was definitely my motivation.
Right after leaving college, when I had no job, what motivated me was working for free on something for my boyfriend, and seeing how much better I was than the other guy who was working on the project (NOT my boyfriend btw haha).
In all cases it’s the competitive element that helps me. Seeing other people doing the same job as me but not doing it as well. Trying to see how far ahead of my peers I can get. By nature I’m really modest in job interviews and quick to admit that I don’t have all the answers – so indulging in some competitive spirit helps me counteract that.
Post # 7
@4cube: Wow, that seems like it would be right up my alley. Your mindset and getting yourself into competitive situations, I mean.
I need to do some volunteer work, I think. Nothing makes you feel appreciated like volunteering!
I also hate being at home. It’s somewhat implied that I take care of all of the house work, shopping, and errands and it’s getting really old.
Post # 8
@solidarity: Glad I could help! I think competition is a pretty underrated motivator, especially for women – I guess it’s seen as mean or negative, but that’s usually not true.
When I was looking for jobs, it was easy to spend all my time studying for technical interviews and comparing myself to some imaginary person who aces all the sample questions. I guess abstractly that was the best use of time, but it was important for my morale to see other real people who could be applying for similar jobs, and realize that you don’t have to be perfect to get the job – just better than the other person. If you keep improving, that has to happen eventually!
Sounds like you have a great plan. Best of luck in your job search!
Post # 9
I just think of how much I hate my job.
Post # 10
@Rubbs: Me too.
Job search while employed was/is pretty hard but I kept my motivation by thinking how much I hate my current one and how I’m learning through interview process.