(Closed) What keeps you motivated to job search?

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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
278 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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
2130 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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
463 posts
Helper bee

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 # 8
463 posts
Helper bee

@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
8471 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

I just think of how much I hate my job. 

Post # 10
1368 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@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.

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