Another day, another click to "connect" on LinkedIn. Your motivation bottoms out after searching for the latest variation of the same job with a different name. After checking - yet again - your stagnant inbox, you close your laptop in defeat.
It's easy to get stuck in this draining cycle. My experience in the job search taught me that one of the biggest challenges is just maintaining the motivation to continue, especially when you're dealing with rejection and radio silence. But I also know that you can revive your motivation by making simple changes to your job-search approach, focusing more you and what you want. Climb out of your motivational slump with this tip:
GET SPECIFIC WITH YOUR TO-DO LIST: When your motivation is low, general job-searching tasks like "network" and "redo cover letter" can be overwhelming. What's a great way to instantly make your search seem more manageable? Rework you to-do list to include smaller and more specific tasks. For example, when I was job searching, I made it a goal to reach out to 2 direct contacts one day and 2 referrals the next day for informational interviews. Both were easy to-dos that, over time, helped me reach my broader goal of expanding my network (and, as a bonus, do so without feeling like I was "networking".) In addition, when it came to actively applying, instead of telling myself I had to find more jobs in general, I gave myself a weekly quota of 2 to 3 jobs. This was a realistic goal that allowed me to focus my attention on crafting the best job applications each week (and saved me from writing hundreds of cover letters).
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.