The longer you look for a job, the tougher it becomes. During the summer, you can easily become distracted with more exciting and positive ways of spending your time. Right? Dragging yourself to the computer on a beautiful day to apply for jobs is the worst (especially if you haven’t seen any results from your labor). So… how can unemployed twenty-somethings stay motivated? Here are a few simple ways to keep on keeping on:
- Don’t ignore your employed friends. Even though it’s easy to become jealous, they’re a reminder that jobs really do exist. Besides, they might even have some connections and/or advice for you.
- Hang out with people who make you feel good about yourself. While hanging out with the employed, make sure that these people are also ones who keep you positive and upbeat. If not, it’s really okay to say goodbye for a little while. Negativity can take its toll on anyone.
- Eat healthy and exercise. Release endorphines and improve the overall well-being of your body, mind, and spirit. You’ll be surprised at how refresh you feel.
- Volunteer. Do good and feel good! Plus, it’s another item to add to your resume, and you may even meet a few contacts along the way.
- Expand your network every single day. Instead of counting your amount of phone calls and interviews, focus on expanding your network. Making connections will lead to bigger and better things. (Check out these guides for using Twitter and LinkedIn).
- Attend events. There are TONS of venues that host “how-to” events for job seekers. Go there, meet people, socialize, connect on LinkedIn, find books to read, market yourself, and stay in touch.
If all else fails, remember that soon, if not already, you will run out of money and ways to spend your unemployed summer nights and days. If that’s not enough motivation to keep searching… I don’t know what is. How else can unemployed twenty-somethings stay motivated this summer? Let us know @20sTweet!