Careers Advice

Staying Motivated while Job Hunting

Staying motivated during your job hunt can be challenging. Keep your motivation on track with our handy checklist.

Published: 08/11/2016

“…So, how is the job hunt going?”

Staying motivated during your job hunt can be challenging, especially when faced with this question on a regular basis! Keep your motivation on track with our handy checklist:


Manage your time.

Without the routine of university, it’s easy to get side-tracked by procrastination... hello Facebook and daytime TV! Even mundane tasks such as tidying can become more tempting than job hunting! Try and establish a routine that works for you.


Organisation is key to success!

Keep track of information in a notepad or a spreadsheet to maintain a record of jobs you’ve applied for - include closing dates and named contacts. What’s more, if you receive an unexpected telephone call from an employer, you’ll be better equipped to approach the conversation with confidence instead of panicking trying to remember what job they’re referring to.


Talk to your university careers service.

The service can offer you excellent guidance on various aspects such as looking for jobs, support with the application process and carrying out mock interviews. So, make the most of their expert advice.


It’s natural to feel disappointed if you’re unsuccessful.

It’s important to realise you’re not alone. Did you know that J.K Rowling’s first novel in the Harry Potter series was rejected 12 times by publishers before it was published? Also, award winning actor Robert de Niro auditioned for various roles in The Godfather film before he eventually secured a role in The Godfather Part II, for which he got an Oscar. So keep trying!


Visualise success.

“Think big and dream big, right from day one” (Sheryl Sandberg, Chief Operating Officer, Facebook). Although you may not land your dream job right away, don’t lose sight of your aspirations and remain positive.


Acknowledge your accomplishments.

An invitation to attend an interview is an achievement in itself. Give yourself a pat on the back every time you make a new contact through networking. Also, use your work experience to your advantage; whether it’s gained through extracurricular activities, temporary or part time work, you can make almost anything relevant.


Take time out.

Take breaks to help ensure a productive job hunt and a healthy mindset. It has been said, “A job search is a job in itself” but don’t let it consume every waking moment. Treat yourself - whether it’s a well-deserved catch up with friends or an evening hitting the gym!


Invest in your job search.

In the same way as your skills and personal development need nurturing, it’s essential to have a strong online identity. LinkedIn is a great platform to access “The Hidden Jobs Market” and also ensure you are noticed by potential employers.


Opportunities are out there.

According to a recent survey, over 100,000 graduate jobs are available for graduates out-with the “big schemes”, with 91% gaining graduate level employment at companies with less than 200 employees. This is where ScotGrad can help; our placements are designed to give YOU that all important work experience and boost your CV!


Never take rejection personally.

There are various reasons why you may have been unsuccessful. For instance, another candidate may have fitted the job specification more closely. Don’t despair! Stay motivated and continue to submit applications as securing a graduate role can take some time.


Your efforts will eventually pay off... remember, there is a job out there suited to YOUR skills and personality – you just need to find it. Good luck!


Written by Nicola Meikle, ScotGrad