Keep your morale high during the job hunt

Author: Janani Sampath

It is no easy feat—to keep yourself motivated during a job search! While the task at hand—of finding a suitable role and an equally good compensation— seems to be daunting. It is also challenging to stay positive. For some, it may also seem like a period of endless wait that can also lead to despair. However, sleepless nights and anxious moments are not a solution. So, what do you do?

Practice these simple steps to up your morale and give it your best shot-

Research and find out: Find out the possible avenues, the pay scale, expected skills, and the job roles in your field of interest. Knowing these will save you time and energy as you do not want to aim for something that you are not up for entirely. Researching and reading up will also tell you how you are on track.

Visualize where you want to go: Take the time to understand where you want to be. Where do you want to be in two years or five years? Visualize the path and level you want to take and reach. Visualizing your goal will spare you hasty decisions and career moves that may not be beneficial in the long run.

Network and reach out: Look around in your peer group and seek the help and guidance you require. You may find yourself hesitant. However, it helps to get talking, shedding inhibitions to know the bigger picture that will benefit you.

Get realistic: In other words, it is also about seeking quality over quantity. You can apply for 100 jobs in a day because LinkedIn makes it possible. However, that’s not going to ensure you find the job you want. Stay focused and practical, and direct your energy to the job hunt.

Remember, no one said your job hunting phase would be hunky dory. And many may not be there now but it always helps to be prepared for the phase. Possibly, it is worthwhile to add one skill— keeping your morale high during the hunt— to your long list of skills.