Looking for a new job is tough. It makes you take a hard look at your experiences, your qualifications, and your goals and see if they align with what’s being asked of the modern worker. Between rejections and overwhelming job applications that can seem endless, the whole process can be difficult. In today’s highly-competitive job market, it’s important to stay positive and stay motivated through all the ups and downs.  Here are our five best tips to help you stay motivated in your job search.

Celebrate Wins

The most important thing you can do in your job search to ensure success is to stay motivated. You need to maintain a positive attitude and trust that your skills and abilities are needed. Sometimes it’s just about finding the right job at the right time. But another big tip is to celebrate even your small wins. If you get an interview, mark it as a win. If you reconnect with a previous employer or coworker, that counts too. While the end goal might be a new job, there are plenty of small wins along the way that are worth celebrating.

Set Small Goals to Meet Big Goals

Similar to celebrating small wins, you should also set small goals. The end game is obviously a new job, but you won’t get there just by waiting around. You need to set small, actionable and measurable goals that propel you forward and keep you motivated. Commit to applying to 5 new jobs every day. Reach out and connect with 10 professionals on social media every week. Think about the baby steps you need to take to get from A to Z.

Stop Chasing Perfection

There’s no such thing as a perfect job search. There is only improvement we gain from the lessons we learn from our failures. If your resume is not getting you interviews, rewrite it. If your cover letter isn’t getting you a foot in the door, go back to the drawing board. If you’re struggling with making connections online, rethink your social media presence. Remember that there is always room to improve. To stick to your guns because you think your resume can’t get any better is not an attitude that will serve you well.

Seek Inspiration When You Need It

Whether you get inspired by quotes, books, videos, or conversations with other professionals, seek out that inspiration when you get stuck. It can be equally helpful to take a break from the daily grind of job hunting to clear your head and refocus your efforts when you are in a better frame of mind.

Get the Help You Need

Most job seekers do much better when they have someone on their side who they know is looking out for them as well. Working with a recruiter is like having a personal career coach. They can help you make the connections you need or get the experience you need to land the job you’re really looking for.

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