How to stay motivated??

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Registered: 03-26-2003
How to stay motivated??
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Thu, 03-27-2003 - 12:32pm
When I first left my previous job, I was able to really focus on redoing my resume, networking through lunch meetings, phone calls & e-mails, searching for employment opportunities on the web and in the Classifieds, etc. Now that it's been 4 weeks I am starting to run out of steam. I find myself spending more time rearranging the furniture, doing yardwork and cooking gourmet meals than I do being proactive in my job search. I think part of me secretly wants to be a stay-at-home mom, but we can't really afford it and I don't think I would enjoy it in the long run. How do you manage your job search? Surely I can't expect to spend 8 hours a day looking for a job...?? Do you have a set schedule or daily/weekly goals or what?
South Beach siggy
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Registered: 03-26-2003
Thu, 03-27-2003 - 2:44pm
I'm currently working full-time during my job search so I'm not bored at all, but when I was first looking 2 years ago for my first real job, I found it tough to stay motivated so I set a schedule for myself. I would be up by 8am everyday, eat breakfast and get dressed in good clothes as if I'm going to work. Then I log on to ALL of the job seeker sites and apply to the jobs I'm interested in. But I didn't stop there. I also created files for each job I was interested in, did research and spent a good hour on a cover letter to the company. It would take me until lunch or a little after to just manage the web leads. And then I would research companies that didn't have openings that I was very interested in. And write cover letters and send resumes there. If I was very interested, I would plan to drive by the location the next day, wearing a suit in case I liked it so that I could drop off the resume in person. When I ran out of those things to do, or after I had submitted a resume I would follow up. I'd follow up once a week with every company until I had a definitive answer or an interview. I'd also arrange to meet with staffers regarding things that I should learn. I'd have staffing companies test my skills so that I knew how I compared in typing and computer programs. Finally, when all of that was taken care of, I would try to teach myself a new skill or program and I'd work on that until I was comfortable with it and could create a piece to demonstrate my knowledge of the program. A serious job search can take a lot of time and exploring all of the opportunites out there can be motivating in itself. I know that all of my friends and I found jobs through companies that didn't even post open positions.

Good luck and I hope that helps!