With Thanksgiving knocking on the door of your home office, it can be difficult to maintain your job-searching stamina—and your optimism. Adopt an attitude of gratitude and become inspired by your job search with these three tips.
Pursue your passion
First, you need to take a good look at what type of job you’re searching for—and why. Let’s say you’re trying to find a gig that is something you’ve previously done before…but didn’t like. Or maybe you’re looking for a job to simply pay the bills. Either way, it’s going to be hard to stay focused—and happy—when your motivating factors don’t align with what you really want to do. So reassess your search to see if the type of job you’re looking for will make you happy, stimulate you mentally and emotionally, and give you the type of work-life balance that you need.
Hit the books
If you’re looking to on-ramp after having been out of the job scene for years taking care of your kids, you may find that your skills and knowledge need a little finessing. While it may seem like an extra step and added work, taking a class to freshen your skills (or simply meeting new people and networking) can help breathe new life into a dull job search. If you don’t have a lot of time during the day when you’re taking care of the kiddos, you can always take online classes or attend a webinar. Not only will it help you reaffirm if you’re on the right career path, but it will give you new content to add to your resume, too.
Imagine the success
When you’re in the throes of a job search, it’s hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel. To keep yourself moving forward, think about how you’ll feel when you find the perfect telecommuting job that allows you to contribute financially to your family’s needs, as well as affords you the flexibility to be present for your children’s needs, too. Envisioning your success can get you through the rough moments and guide you towards a bright and successful future.
At times during your job search, it can feel like everyone else is gainfully employed and thriving…except you. By focusing on the positive aspects of your job search, you may find that you become inspired by the process and all the exciting possibilities that it may lead to.