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Motivation to start looking

Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
At the moment, ive just graduated with a 2:1 in film, looking to work in that area or tv, hopefully doing something creative but i know i can also work in advertising/marketing.

Im working full time at a coffee shop and was wondering if anyone has any ideas or tips on how to keep up the motivation for job hunting.

I've signed up to prospects but havent really started looking yet, and i have a feeling im gonna start finding any excuse to put it off for a little while, i.e. at the moment, a girls about to have a month off so i'll need to be at work to help out, and soon it will be xmas which is always hectic so we'll need lots of staff, and as it will be winter and cold i wont fancy going out as much etc etc etc.

Any tips to basically force myself to start/keep looking!!


  • LauraOLauraO Posts: 535 Incredible Poster
    :wave: Lexi99,

    Job hunting always seems hard, and even more so nowadays as there is more competition for jobs and therefore in general it takes longer. Job hunting whilst also holding down a full time job makes it even harder, as you're probably really tired when you get home, or want to socialise with mates in your spare time, so it's really easy to put it off. You also don't have the pressure of needing an income, as you do have one, but you have to try to concentrate on what you really want to be doing, and remind yourself that the job you have at the moment is only temporary.

    One of the hardest things about job hunting is feeling guilty when you're not doing it. Could you perhaps set yourself a timetable at the beginning of the week, setting yourself little goals, but ensuring you reward yourself and have time off too? So, for example could you dedicate two evenings and a bit of the weekend, lets say, to job hunting and stick to this, so the rest of your time is free time and you don't need to feel guilty?

    Also, have you got any friends in similar positions, or anyone who can spur you on? If you had someone encouraging who could help you by reading through applications etc. you may feel more motivated. If you have a friend who is also job hunting you could keep each other motivated and help each other out.

    The most important things are to stay positive and focused and also to ensure job hunting doesn't take all your time. It's important for your motivation (and sanity) that you take time out from it too, and do things you enjoy e.g. exercise, see friends. Then when you are searching jobsites and filling in application forms etc. you'll be more productive.

    Hope these help a little :) and good luck with it, it will all be worth it in the end :thumb:

  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Hey, thanks for replying.

    The part about not having the time is exactly right. Im on my feet all day every day at work so im knackered when i get home and all i want to do on my day off is relax or see my mates.

    I do have a small plan in mind in that im going to apply for work experience first rather than a paid job, just to get something on my cv and make sure i have more of an idea of what i want to do, i just have to get round to doing it :(
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    The best motivation I could think of is to step back and realise you've gone to all that trouble of actually obtaining a degree but you're currently working in a coffee shop for what, minimum wage?
    Think of what you could be earning, a quick search shows just a bog standard job in marketing would get you £26k a year.

    Try to get yourself out of the comfort zone, I did and now I'm happy and well paid(ish) lol.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,323 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Set yourself a goal and aim to reach it.

    What job do you want to have? Once you know, focus on doing everything you can to get to where you want to be, whether it means getting relevant work experience, applying to different places around the country or just researching what you need to achieve to be the person that they want.

    If you're clueless about what you want job wise and have no focus then you're going to struggle to motivate yourself, and you're less likely to find a job that you enjoy.
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