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Sometimes a job search can wear on a person's motivation to keep moving forward, especially if the search has lasted for weeks or months. While qualifications, resumes, and cover letters make a huge difference in whether you'll be hired, your attitude also matters.

If you're getting tired of looking for jobs, your positive demeanor could turn negative in the wrong environment (i.e. the interview). You need to keep your job search moving. To maintain a positive attitude, it's a good idea to consider engaging in the following activities during the process:

Schedule Accordingly

Job seeker makes time in her schedule for her job search.

Many experts equate a job search to a full-time job.

Guess what? Looking for a job shouldn't take up 40 hours of your week!

When scheduling time for your job search, you want to be efficient and productive. The first step is to determine when you'll be the most productive. The next step is to determine how much time you can dedicate to your job search and how long your attention span is for the purpose of scheduling breaks.

For example, if you're a morning person who works best in one-hour blocks, you could block 8 a.m. to noon for your job search, with 15-minute breaks after every hour.

Like anything else in life, you can build in flexibility and adjust as you move forward.


Young professional jogs while taking a break from her job search.

Exercising daily, in addition to maintaining a healthy diet, are important under normal conditions. But when you are working through a tough circumstance such as a job search, stress can create health issues at a faster rate.

To keep your health in check, it's good to set up a daily exercise routine that incorporates cardio and strength training. Also, be sure to take vitamins and eat properly. Good health works wonders in improving your mind and body, while also creating a more positive attitude to carry you through your job hunt.


A group of young professionals take time to volunteer.

Everyone's home life is unique and allows for certain options, but if you find that you have time in your schedule, then consider volunteering at a local organization a couple of days a week. There are a number of benefits that can arise from volunteering. For one thing, you can help someone (or some animal) in need. Also, you will keep your mind sharp so that you're ready to hit the ground running when you do find work.

In addition, you get to add your volunteer efforts to your resume to show you've been busy in between jobs. And finally, you get the opportunity to network with professionals who might provide you with a lead or two about new career opportunities.

If you're able to keep a positive attitude while in between jobs, you're more likely to maintain this attitude when you're finally employed. Don't let a lack of employment sour your demeanor. Instead, consider this time an opportunity to take on new challenges as you wait for your dream job.

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Everyone needs to feel their voice is heard and their contributions are important. Something as simple as sharing a drink the last hour of the day on a Friday with the team to recap wins and give praise can build camaraderie within the team.

All of the above are fairly simple to implement but can make a huge difference in morale and motivation. Have any of these tips worked well for young the past? Do you have other tips to motivate your creative team? If so, please share them with me!

Encourage curiosity. Spark debate. Stimulate creativity and your team will be better at handling challenges with flexibility and resourcefulness. Create a safe space for ideas, all ideas, to be heard. In ideation, we need the weird and off-the-wall ideas to spur us on to push through to the great ideas.

Sure, there are a ton of studies done on this, but here is my very unscientific personal take. When team members can make decisions about how they work on projects, they are more engaged and connected to the project outcome. When they see how potentially dropping the ball would affect the entire team, they step up. When they feel like what they are doing is impactful and valued, they are naturally motivated to learn more, and be even better team members.

Rarely does a one-size-fits-all style work when it comes to team motivation. I have found that aligning employee goals with organization goals works well. Taking time to get to know everyone on your team is invaluable. What parts of their job do they love? What do they not enjoy? What skills do they want to learn? Even going so far as to where they see themselves in five years career-wise. These questions help you right-fit projects, and help your team see you are committed to creating a career path for them within the company.

Most designers I know love a good challenge. We are problem solvers by nature. Consistently give yourself and your team small challenges, both design-related and not. It will promote openness within the team to collaborate, and it will help generate ideas faster in the long run. Whether the challenge is to find a more exciting way to present an idea to stakeholders or fitting a new tool into the budget, make it a challenge just to shake things up.