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How to Remain Motivated when Searching for a Job in Nigeria


I know how depressing it can be when you are job hunting and it just doesn’t seem to be coming as soon as you would hope.

One thing is certain, if you keep at it, you will definitely get what you want

These are the  steps you should take when your new job is delaying in manifesting

  1. Be Realistic:

    Sometimes unhappiness sets in because we are unrealistic in our expectations.

You want to stat searching on Monday and get a job on Wednesday. It does not happen like that. Give yourself time to search, miss some and then finally snag your dream job!

  1. Believe In Yourself:

    In your quest you will meet a lot of nos. It doesn’t mean you are not good enough- it simply isnt just time enough

  2. Take a project-management approach.


Break down the search process into a series of goals, spread out over time. For example, give yourself one week to draft a resume & cover letter. Other suggested milestones:


Within one month: Network face to face with 15 to 20 people who could help you find work.


Within three months: Secure three job interviews…etc



  1. Evaluate your progress.


Take time out once a week to assess how your job search is going.


Ask yourself: What have I done? What haven’t I done? What’s working? What isn’t?



  1. Keep your body, mind and soul healthy.


How you take care of yourself while job hunting can have a huge impact on your productivity in finding work. Make sure you eat well, exercise regularly and get enough sleep.


  1. Learn how to handle rejection.


Getting turned down by prospective employers is tough.

The way to handle rejection is to look at it the way a successful salesperson does: It’s a numbers game where every “no” gets you one step closer to the “yes” you need.


  1. Take time off.


Five hours of job hunting a day is draining. So step back from time to time to avoid burning out.

And try not to look for a job on weekends. That’s the time to enjoy yourself and to relax with the people you care most about.

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