Losing your job is one of life’s most stressful and upsetting experiences and the longer you are out of work, the harder it can be to keep on searching. When the ‘We regret to inform you emails’ keep coming in, it’s no wonder your motivation takes a hit. 

While it can be tempting to give in to the feelings of hopelessness, it’s important that you keep your search going. The perfect job is right around the corner even if it doesn’t feel that way, so here are some tips to help keep you motivated. 

Take some time to think about your last job and draw up a list of everything you liked and disliked about it. Before you lost your job, was your career going in the direction you wanted it to? Are you really doing what you want to be doing? 

Life can get busy and hectic and it’s not often that we take the time to evaluate if our work is working for us. It can often take dramatic circumstances to give us a wakeup call and you might realise that you’ve been heading in the wrong direction and that’s completely ok. 

Instead of just applying for anything and everything you see, take a moment to think about what would make you happy so you don’t end up in a job that makes you miserable. 

When you’re out of work it can be difficult to maintain a proper schedule. You might start your day with the best of intentions but find yourself down a rabbit hole of Netflix true crime documentaries by teatime. This is a tough time and you should cut yourself some slack, but if you are to be successful in finding a new job you will have to get at least a little organised. 

Make a schedule that balances your time well and stick to it. Set some goals like reviewing your CV or applying for a set number of jobs per day. 

It’s also a good idea to keep track of the jobs you’re applying for. This could be written down in a diary, a simple spreadsheet or for the ultra-organised, a project management tool such as a Trello board. You can note down key dates and details about the jobs and record any feedback you get on your application to help you in the future. 

Being unemployed doesn’t mean that you’re unemployable and if you use your time out wisely, you could make yourself an even more attractive candidate. 

Do a bit of research when searching for jobs and see if any skills keep cropping up within job descriptions that you either don’t have or are a bit rusty in – then you can set to work on brushing up on them so your applications will be stronger. 

It might be as something simple like working on your ability to use common applications like Microsoft Excel or you might find you want to invest a bit more of your time in an online course. This doesn’t have to cost the earth, in fact, there are many great free options available. Check out our blog on free courses for more details. 

Whether you were prepared for it or not, losing your job is a terrible experience and the longer you remain unemployed the harder it can get to stay positive. It’s okay to be stressed out or worried about the future but it’s important not to let it overwhelm you. 

If you find yourself regularly getting anxious try to focus on what’s positive about your time away from work. Now is the time to start on a project or activity that you’ve put off because you didn’t have enough time. This could be doing work around the house and garden, a creative project like taking up painting or crafting or cooking for your family or flat mates. 

Losing your job can make you want to withdraw from your friends and family, especially if you’ve been out of work for a long time. Work is a big part of our lives and you might find it uncomfortable to be around other people when they’re talking about their jobs. This can be tough to deal with but don’t cut yourself off from the people who care about you. 

Many people have found themselves in your situation at one point in their lives, so they’ll likely be able to offer a sympathetic ear and some practical advice on how to get through it. 

It’s also possible that someone you know might be able to let you know about new opportunities where they work or even recommend you for a role – sometimes it's not what you know, it’s who you know. 

If you’re really missing the camaraderie of working in a team why not volunteer your time to a charity? There are many worthwhile causes that you can help, from foodbanks to charity shops. You’ll get out of the house and the charity will get the help they need so it’s a win for everyone. Plus, volunteer work can really boost your CV even if it’s not directly linked to your career. 

It sounds clichéd but getting fresh air really does help you feel better and can often clear your mind of stressful thoughts. We know we’re not blessed with good weather too often, but it does come along once in a while so make the most of it while you can. 

Rather than sitting staring at your inbox waiting for replies, get outside and go for a walk, run, cycle or even just sit in the garden for an hour or so. If you’re combining your time outdoors with exercise it will be doubly beneficial as you’ll get an energy boost and a release of endorphins as well as a clearer mind. 

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