Keeping momentum with your job search

Keeping momentum with your job search

It can be challenging to keep your motivation up day after day when looking for a new job or when changing career. Persistence is important, being creative and trying new approaches. This article is part 2 of 2 sharing some tips to keep up the momentum so you successfully achieve your goal. We have grouped the tips under headings and suggest that you keep the article to hand to refer back to.

Giving back

  • ‘Give what you lack’ e.g. if you are not getting much feedback from your job applications, make the time to give your children, partner or friends positive feedback to give them a boost.
  • Do some voluntary work and help people in a worse position than yourself.
  • Every day, do at least one random act of kindness e.g. help a mother struggling with a pushchair, chat to an elderly person waiting at the bus stop, pick up some litter etc.
  • Apply the principle ‘givers gain’ – help someone else, and it will come back to you directly or indirectly.
  • Read self help/positive psychology books and increase your self awareness.
  • Think about how you can honour your values more to create more happiness and fulfilment.
  • Once a month, review the last 4 weeks and notice any patterns or what factors affect how you feel, what you do, when you procrastinate and put things off etc and think about how you can minimise these.
  • Spend time in nature simply connecting with your senses and noticing the beauty of it.

Be proactive

  • Think of creative ways to get the attention of and build relationships with recruitment agents.
  • Write a letter to a newspaper or magazine about something you feel strongly about.
  • Research about the changing needs of the sector in which you work /want to work and think about how you can help companies to tackle these challenges.
  • Watch the news on TV/listen to the radio and read the newspapers.
  • Think of 5 ways in which your skills, experience and qualities are useful for the changing world of work.
  • Write an article on key issues affecting your trade/profession and contact target employers for a quote.
  • Contact a magazine to get the article published or simply send it to prospective employers.

Health and well-being

  • Make time for all the MOTs you usually don’t get time for e.g. health check, dentist, finance, house maintenance etc.
  • Do a stress management course.
  • Do some exercise every day e.g. a walk to get fit, feel better and energise you.
  • Do some batch cooking so you have fresh convenient food for when you get busy back at work.
  • Drink 2L of water every day to keep your energy high.


  • Create a group of people you know in a similar situation and share experiences, contacts, support and brainstorm ideas.
  • Write a list of your contacts (neighbours, friends, family, ex colleagues, parents of your children’s friends, sports clubs, hobbies etc) and think about who would be useful for you and people you’d like to help.
  • Sit down with someone in a similar situation and ask them to share their contacts; discuss who might be useful for each other and make introductions.
  • Research networking groups in your area and try one out.
  • Go to the events of the professional association in your area or attend their annual conference.

Being canny

  • Do skills swaps with no money being exchanged, e.g. if you are an accountant, do the accounts for a heating plumber who does you a free boiler check in exchange. Investigate the LETTS skill swap organisation
  • Have a clear out and sell things you don’t want on Ebay or give them to Charity Shops