5 Job Search Tips to Keep You Motivated

Katy Montgomery

Katy currently serves as the Global Director of the Career Development Centre at INSEAD where she manages career services professionals across three campuses: Abu Dhabi, Fontainebleau, and Singapore. Katy previously served as the Associate Dean for Student Development at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School.

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The same boiling water that softens the potato hardens the egg. It’s about what you’re made of, not the circumstances.


In my 12+ years in career development I have never met a student who had every job application result in success. In fact, a part of every person’s job search is hearing the dreaded word “no”. As you begin the job search process, how are you going to respond to rejection: as a potato in boiling water or as an egg in boiling water?

Here are some tips to keep you resilient and in high spirits during the job search:

  • Spend time with others: Don’t isolate yourself. Instead, surround yourself with people who appreciate your talents and value your insights. You must remember that a job rejection is not personal; people who admire and like you will remind you of your strengths.
  • Seek out support: Visit a Career Development Coach or find a job searching buddy. Often we just need to hear that others are similarly situated. We frequently exaggerate during stressful times. We hear one person has a job and suddenly the entire class is employed. Getting a reality check can help give you some perspective.
  • Take small steps: Slow and steady wins the race when it comes to job searching. Job searching is a large project. Break that project up into smaller and more manageable pieces.
  • Track your progress: Keep a journal or spreadsheet of your job search activities. Seeing your progress will help quell your job searching anxiety.
  • Take care of yourself: Exercise, get sleep, and eat well. Give yourself small rewards for making headway in your job search.

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