Searching for a job – any job – has always been a frustrating process. It takes so long to find a job, and the entire time you’re wondering if you will fall for a scam. It can be discouraging, frustrating, and just plain tedious. You have to keep yourself motivated as you search for the right work at home job. Here are some tips.
Have A Schedule
Give yourself a schedule for your work at home job search. Start at a particular time each day and have a goal for how long you search each day. If it’s scheduled, you’re less likely to skip it for something else.
I like to use my cell phone alarm for all kinds of things in my schedule. I’m not job hunting, but I have alarms for when to get up in the morning, when the kids get out of school, and when it’s time to go volunteer at the local animal shelter. You can do the same if you don’t keep good track on your own for when it’s time to start your job hunt.
Set goals by the day or week for your job search. Keep them mostly under your control. A goal of a certain number of jobs applied to by day or week is better than setting a goal of a certain number of interviews. You don’t have control over who decides to interview you.
That said, if you aren’t getting interviews, it’s time to figure out why. You should be getting some.
Do not apply to jobs just to meet a goal. You should only apply to jobs that you are reasonably qualified for, even if you’re behind on your goals. Applying for a job you don’t want or aren’t qualified for only wastes your time.
If you have the time, get training for jobs you would like to apply for as you search. This can be online classes through Udemy if you don’t need anything too official. If you need a degree or certificate, you can consider a local community college, university, or a certificate program such as those through Career Step. Improving your skills is always a good idea and gives you a break from the tedium of searching for a job.
Save Your Searches
Any time a job board will let you, save your searches on it. If the board won’t allow that, you can save your search as a bookmark or favorite in your browser. This way you don’t need to remember all the keywords you’re using in your search – you can go to your saved searches one by one.
Network online and in person. Use LinkedIn to follow companies you’re interested in. Use Meetup.com to look for fellow job seekers. Join Facebook groups for job seekers. Seek out local organizations that get together that might be helpful. All these resources may help you find jobs you would not have heard about otherwise.
Face to face networking is the most difficult, but it can be the most rewarding. You’re more memorable in person than you are in an online chat. It’s harder to find work at home jobs locally, but they are often out there.
Look At People Who Work Where You’d Like To
Go on LinkedIn and find people who have the jobs you would like to have. What other positions have they held? Could that job work for you? Sometimes you will get ideas you may not have considered otherwise.
You can also ask for advice from people on LinkedIn. Some people are very willing to be helpful to those who want to get into the same field.
Figure out a system to track where and when you have applied for jobs, so that you don’t apply for the same job too often. Take notes on any information you have about the hiring process. If a company contacts you, add that to your notes and make sure you remember when any interviews are.
Celebrate Small Wins
Did you get an interview? That’s cause enough to celebrate a little, even if you doubt you’re going to get the job (and quit doubting yourself!). You got enough attention from a potential employer that they want to learn more. That’s wonderful. Whether you get that job or not, you’ve done something right. Celebrate.
Be Ready To Handle Rejection
Searching for a job means you will face a lot of rejection. Be ready to deal with it. Rejection never feels good, but it will be a significant part of your job search. Don’t let it get you down. Keep on searching, because eventually all those “nos” will take you to a “yes.”
Make A Vision Board
What motivates you in your job hunt? Make a vision board you can look at that shows you your reasons why you want a new work at home job. Kids, your home, income, places you would love to go on vacation once you have the money for it, whatever gets you going. Add in your career goals. Decorate it and make it fun to look at even beyond its motivational value.
Don’t assume you can search for a job all day. You’ll run out of leads, for one thing. But even if you have plenty of job leads, you should take regular breaks to refresh your mind, focus your eyes elsewhere, stretch, and just relax a little. A good break will make you more productive.
Take Days Off
When you have a job, you probably won’t work seven days a week. Don’t search for jobs seven days a week either. Weekends are fairly easy to take off. From what I’ve seen far fewer jobs are posted on weekends than on weekdays, so it may be easy to catch up on what you’ve missed over the weekend when you start searching again on Monday.
Believe In Yourself
Believe that you have something great to offer the right employer. Your skills, determination, and experience all have value to employers.
Make Time For Things You Enjoy
No matter how desperately you need a new job, take some time for the things you enjoy. This will give you a break from the frustration of your job search. Work on a hobby, play with your kids or pets, do something fun with your spouse… anything.
Remember The Good Things In Your Life
Even if times are tight financially because you need a job, there are some good things in your life. Think about them when you’re tired of your search. You probably have a lot you can be grateful for.
Eat food that will help you have the energy to get through your job search each day. Go for the healthy stuff and try not to binge on unhealthy snacks, even when they’re tempting. You’ll have more energy and feel better when you eat healthy foods.
Searching for a job can leave you feeling isolated if you let it. Don’t. Make time for things that will get you out and about. Go to the gym if you have a membership. Take walks as a family. Meet neighbors. Take your laptop to a cafe and search from there. Just get out of the house.
Don’t Assume You Have To Search For Eight Hours A Day
Sometimes people will say to treat your job search like a full time job. That was probably great advice when you would start with the newspaper, and then have to go to employers to see who was hiring. These days, you’re searching the internet and applying online – few companies want to see applicants in person before an interview. It’s incredibly difficult to make this stretch across a full eight hours, so don’t assume you have to.
Just don’t take that to mean that five minutes a day of searching is enough. It isn’t. You need to dedicate sufficient time to your search if you’re going to have results.
The time you need to spend each day may vary quite a bit. Some days, you may have trouble finding any new leads at all, and be done quickly. Other days, you’ll find lead after lead, and customizing your resume for each application takes time. You might have an interview which takes up a chunk of your day in preparation and in the interview itself.
Remember That Job Searches Often Take Months
It can be frustrating to know that a job search may take months, but it can also be motivating. It’s a reminder that you aren’t alone in these things taking so much time. Keep plugging away at your search, because the more jobs you apply for, the more likely you are to apply to the right one.
Find What Motivates YOU
If none of this advice helps keep you motivated, figure out what does. There must be something that will make searching for a job something you want to get done.