Job hunting is an activity which usually starts with enthusiasm and energy but can quickly become tiresome, leaving you feeling negative when your desired outcome isn’t reached. It can be a shock to the system when an application, which took up much of your time and effort, receives little or no response. It is important to stay motivated through these low periods in order for you not to miss out on potential opportunities through lack of concentration and minimised drive. Below are ideas on how to keep your morale high through the job application process and how to maximise your potential in order to find your desired job.

Create a schedule
It is important to build a schedule whilst job hunting so you have structure to your day. The point of timetables is for them to be maintainable. Know your limits regarding your concentration levels and drive when searching and completing applications. It is easy to become distracted by outside influences such as the television, so make sure you create a space for yourself away from any noise and set a realistic timetable which includes breaks. When you take a break make sure it is away from your computer to give yourself time to recharge, your brain will thank you later.

Various application platforms
There are only so many times you can check in one day. It can become tedious and boring to search through varieties of the same job specs and applying using a set cover letter and CV. Try searching in places you wouldn’t normally use, such as LinkedIn or even Twitter.  Many companies have now begun to utilise Twitter to advertise their job vacancies. You can use hash tags as search tools and you can also create alerts for companies you follow so you will be the first to hear about a potential role. Twitter, as well as LinkedIn, is a useful networking tool. If you engage, link or tweet with people who work for companies you admire, it may develop into a potential lead to an upcoming job.

Unpaid work
If you have been job hunting for a while with no luck, it may be worth looking into completing some unpaid or volunteer work. Obviously this puts a strain on the bank balance but hopefully in the long run this will be the most sensible option. Many companies offer work experience placements which will add value to your CV. They will allow you to gain experience in the industry you want to work in or even just enhance your CV with varieties of work placements. It looks good to potential employers to demonstrate you have used your time productively to further your career. You never know, it could result in the opportunity to network within the work placement firm leading to other opportunities or even resulting in a job offer.

Think positively
It is easy to begin to feel despondent if you haven’t been able to make any headway after a few weeks or months. Try not to let this get you down. If you have been rejected for a role, ask for feedback so you can use it to figure out where you went wrong and how to rectify it. Remember a failed interview is still a good experience as it allows you to learn from your mistakes. If you aren’t getting many responses check that your CV and cover letter are both of a professional standard. You may ask your friends and family to look over it for you and make any suggestions. There are also plenty of methods which can help with your CV improvement such as free CV advice websites or advice from University career departments. Keep your search realistic, don’t apply for roles you are not qualified to do or do not have the experience for. It will just be a waste of time and will belittle your positive thinking.

Treat yourself
Job searching is a job in itself, and like all jobs, you deserve a treat every now and again to keep motivation levels high. If you have had a productive morning applying for jobs, then allow yourself time off for lunch with friends or to go for a walk. This can even be factored into your schedule so you know you have something to look forward to. Be aware of when you are most productive, some individuals work better in the mornings. Understand when your productivity levels are at their highest and utilise this time. Then you won’t feel so bad dropping in efficiency later in the afternoon.

Everyone has to go through the job application process so take comfort in the fact that you are not alone. Be prepared to get a little lost along the way. Instead of panicking that you are not sticking to your ‘plan’ you made at University, take this opportunity to re-think your ‘plan’, maybe different avenues will pop up and lead somewhere exciting. It takes some individuals longer than others to find ‘their job’ but that may mean the longer the wait, the better the job! Don’t be so hard on yourself, the right job will come along.