Written by Sean McPheat |
No matter how good you are at your sales job, there are situations that we have no control over, and that includes the job market.
If you’re in the unhappy position of looking for work, here are some ways that we recommend in order to keep yourself motivated:
Make sure you start every day effectively
Think about the actions you can take in the first minutes of the day, as this time can have a big effect on the rest of the day.
Get up a little earlier than you would normally do and get your mood right by taking a quick walk or listening to inspirational music.
This will set the tone for the day and get you in the mood for what you want to do later on.
Get your goals focused and upbeat
Your job search will seem much easier if your goals are focussed and you have the confidence to attack the search effectively.
You will be motivated in the journey.
Your goals should be written down and kept positive.
Examples would be the number of websites you will visit, the number of people you will contact with your CV and the type of work you would be willing to consider.
Allow yourself to be motivated all through the day
Place motivational quotes around the house where you will see them.
On your bathroom cabinet, on top of your computer screen, on your car dashboard, in fact anywhere where a quick read would be upbuilding.
Your positive mindset will be assisted by fresh ideas and inputs.
It’s at this time that you need help and assistance in keeping the mindset going forward.
Watch and listen to key influencers
You want to keep up to speed with what’s happening in your industry.
With changes happening so fast these days, you have to keep ahead of the game so that when you do get back into employment, you can hit the ground running and support your new company faster.
Also, it’s good for an interviewer to hear that you are keeping up to date and wanting to improve yourself.
Watch you-tube videos of people who know about your industry; download TED talks that will be inspirational; read what key influencers on LinkedIn are saying and keep contact with them.
All this will motivate you and build your confidence.
Make your personal development a prime issue for you
Following on from the previous point, it is easy to neglect your own development as most of your time is spent outwardly focussed. Instead, remember to keep advancing your own skills.
Keep learning about your industry advancements. Identify the skills you need to progress in sales.
Check sites that help you to answer typical interview questions.
Doing this will keep you motivated and progressing efficiently.
Make sure you enjoy the whole process
It’s easy for me to say, but don’t get too stressed.
If you allow yourself to be polished and professional, even in this situation, you create and attract circumstances that will take you forward.
There may be instances when you feel frustrated and downhearted. Negative responses may make you feel it’s a pointless exercise.
If you keep looking forward and actually learn from the experiences, you will see opportunities where they may not have been so clear before.
If you are in the position of seeking further employment, we wish you every success in driving your career forward with these ideas.
Originally published: 9 February, 2016