Dienstag, 22. Dezember 2015

8 ways to stay motivated while searching for a new job

Searching for a new job? Then it’s extremely important to stay motivated. Easier said than done, sometimes. To make it easier on you and help you shift your perspective, if necessary, read our little guide featured below!

1. Let your loved ones know about it! Be they friends or family – you are not alone in this, almost everybody has been at some point in your position and can relate to you. And their success stories are going to make you feel better and give you hope for a positive outcome. In any way, their experiences and the lessons gained through them might prove useful to you, so…

2. …talk to them and ask for their opinion! But beware of two specific types: the ones that are frustrated with their job or their job search themselves and the ones who trigger guilt feelings and thus demotivate you.

3. Don’t blame yourself! We live in times of financial crises that impact the job market as well – there aren’t that many open positions to begin with and, as a consequence, the number of potential candidates rises. It’s really not your fault that you can’t find a new job immediately and the reason you get turned down is not necessarily your lack of qualifications.

4. Be aware of your strong points! How did you contribute to the success of your former employer? Remember all the high points and victories in your career so far and count all the qualities that will help you impress your future boss

5. Know exactly what you want in your new job! Whatever the reasons for leaving your former job may be – they are going to help you define exactly what it is that you look for in a new position and what expectations you have from your new employer.

6. Don’t let rejections or the lack of any answer to your application demotivate you! As we have already established at point 3, a rejection doesn’t automatically mean that you don’t have the required qualifications. And if the company you applied to doesn’t grant the candidates at least the courtesy of an answer, they most probably won’t treat their employees with any more respect – and you don’t want to work for that kind of employer, do you?

7. Keep up your regular daily schedule! Just because you temporarily don’t have any binding working hours anymore, doesn’t mean you don’t need any structure in your days. In order to keep up your regular daily schedule, we recommend that you actively look for suitable job openings during the mornings and put your applications together after your “lunch break”.

8. Balance things out with your hobbies! Your former job was not the only thing enriching your life and keeping you busy, so the job hunt shouldn’t become that either. Keep up tending to your hobbies and interests and don’t let the fact that you are currently searching for a new employment define you. This ensures you lose neither your fresh outlook, nor your motivation.

The salary – European employees’ top reason for a job change

JOBswype asked – and 4800 users answered. The newest poll initiated by the internationally active job search engine sheds light on the reasons, for which employees would change their job. Not surprisingly, amongst these the amount of the monthly pay still ranks highest. JOBswype polled users from all markets where it is active, thus showing a representative, valid pan-european image.

What reasons are good enough to make employees look for another job, even in the current climate of financial crises and general worries concerning stability of employment? The answers show these to be mainly lack of career opportunities (depending on the country, between 10%-24%), routine and boredom at work (depending on the country, between 6%-22%), as well as stress and anger (depending on the country, between 8%-19%), closely followed by conflicts with colleagues (depending on the country, between 4%-10%) and/ or superiors (depending on the country, between 3%-9%), and the perceived danger of being let go (depending on the country, between 5%-9%). The main reason, however, still is the salary. More money for the same amount of work is enticing, but the other factors seem to be quite important too, for a happy employee is less likely to look on the other side of the proverbial fence and compare. While the salary is the main reason for changing jobs in all countries, the actual number of votes expressed in each one shows a clear difference between Western and Eastern European countries – in the latter, almost half of employees (depending on the country, between 38%-51%) would leave their current job for a better paycheck. The simplest explanation: in countries with less performant economies, where salaries are generally low, these are very important to employees, while in countries, where salaries reach a higher level, other factors, such as personal fulfilment and work-life-balance are just as important. The polling results certainly support this interpretation – the percentage of votes for the factors routine and boredom and lack of career opportunities also varies between Western and Eastern Europe: in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, UK and Ireland they reach max. 22%, respectively 24%, in Eastern Europe max. 9%, respectively 15%.

The results also show the areas, where employers should improve, if they want to keep their employees happy and boost their loyalty, because, as the saying goes, “Only a happy employee is a motivated employee.” Supervisors should pay attention to both, actual and potential conflicts and deal with them in a constructive manner during employee talks or team building efforts. The workplace and the tasks should be organised in a way that encourages and supports professional development, either through company paid courses or through a climate of flat hierarchies, where each employee can work independently and responsibly and good results are rewarded with career opportunities.