102. How to feel motivated when looking for work.

career advancement career planning job hunting wellbeing Oct 04, 2021
The Job Hunting Podcast Episode 102

 Which one of these 3 job hunters are you:

  1. You need to find a corporate job as soon as possible, but you are exhausted and have zero motivation;
  2. You don't know how to get your job search going: every time you start, you quickly give up; or...
  3. You're not sure if you're doing the right things or important things, and this anxiety creeps up on you and affects your motivation.

If you can relate to 1, 2, or 3, then this episode is for you! Let’s get those motivational juices flowing!

I’m going to address 8 tips to help you stay focused and motivated, and I also have a final bonus recommendation at the end that I think is the most important of all:

Tip#: Treat it as a personal project nor a job hunting project. 

Tip#2: Gamify your project: create challenges, rewards, develop and test strategies

Tip#3: Follow a routine and stick to it 

Tip#4: Fall back or advance your routine as you get more or less motivated. 

Tip#5: Do the hardest things first.

Tip#6: Read books or watch movies and documentaries that inspire you. 

Tip#7: Include playtime and rest as part of your routine.

Tip#8: Bookend your days with a gratitude journal.

Bonus Tip: Listen to the episode to find out!

Episode Timestamps:

  • 03:41 - 1: Treat your job hunting as if it was a personal project
  • 06:02 - 2: Gamify your project
  • 06:52 - 3: Follow and stick to a routine
  • 08:40 - 4: Fall back or advance your routine as you get more or less motivated
  • 11:14 - 5: Do the hardest things first
  • 12:59 - 6: Read books or watch movies and documentaries that inspire you
  • 14:07 - 7: Include rest and play as part of your routine
  • 15:32 - 8: Have a gratitude journal
  • 17:03 - 9: Bonus Tip

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Hello, I’m Renata Bernarde, the Host of The Job Hunting Podcast. I’m also an executive coach, job hunting expert, and career strategist. I teach corporate, non-profit, and public professionals the steps and frameworks to help them find great jobs, change, and advance their careers with confidence and less stress. 

If you are 1) an ambitious professional who is keen to develop a robust career plan, 2) looking to find your next job or promotion, or 3) you want to keep a finger on the pulse of the job market so that when you are ready, and an opportunity arises, you can hit the ground running – then this podcast is for you. In addition to The Job Hunting Podcast, I have developed a range of courses and services for professionals in career or job transition. And, of course, I also coach private clients. 

So there is no excuse – I’m determined to help you! I want you to feel empowered, nail your next job, and have the career you want.

Enjoy the episode, and ciao for now!


Renata Bernarde | Job Hunting Expert

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