Staying motivated and positive

Are you finding job search challenging and still waiting for a job offer? You're not alone; staying motivated when searching for a job is tough.

You might start out positively however, as time passes, and your applications are unsuccessful, it's easy to become disheartened. One of the key attributes of a successful job seeker is persistence.

Coming across as an enthusiastic, confident and motivated person in your written applications and in job interviews will help you get a step closer to getting your first graduate job.

Tips on staying positive and motivated when applying for jobs

Here are some tips to help you keep on track and stay motivated and positive with your job search:

  • Remember, job searching can often be a lengthy process. Take your time and set an action plan or realistic written goals to help you get started.
  • Research and prepare thoroughly for every application. Make sure you fully understand the job role and company before you apply for a job. If you get an interview make sure you prepare for every eventuality. Get expert help with your job applications, CVs and interviews with Careers Network.
  • Take time to reflect. Follow up any unsuccessful applications and interviews by asking for feedback. This can give you valuable insight into your strengths and weaknesses. Here are six steps to getting feedback (PDF - 52KB) by Think Productive.
  • Focus on your strengths. If you find it hard to identify these then speak to your friends and family who should be able to help identify where you excel. Surround yourself with people who boost your confidence and avoid others who might be negative.
  • Review your job hunting strategies. If you are not getting anywhere, then it might be time to change your approach. Be proactive and try speculative applications.
  • Build a network and connect with people. Use social media including LinkedIn; attend careers and industry events and university alumni events. Don’t forget to keep a winning CV with you at these networking events; you never know when you will need it. Find out more about networking.
  • Build your CV and your confidence by doing graduate internships or voluntary work.
  • Take a reality check. Are you applying for jobs when you don’t have the right qualifications or experience? If you are, and you are certain that this is the job role you want to have, then you may have to consider building your experience in other roles or undertaking further study in your chosen career area.
  • Give yourself a break now and then. Although you should dedicate plenty of time to your job hunt, don’t forget to relax too. Maintain your interests and get regular exercise.
  • Contact Careers Network if you need further support with your job search