Setting goals is vital to maintaining momentum when you’re looking for work. If you’re standing still you’re losing ground to those people who are making progress towards work. The most important thing is to keep going, no matter what happens. There are plenty of people who are unemployed for two, five, ten or more years who find work, and the ones who succeed are the ones who keep going.
There are some things you can do to make this happen, including:
1. Set goals for yourself for each day, week and month. The goals should always be achievable; a day goal should be to spend two hours looking for jobs online, or phoning/emailing three employers, not to get an interview, as the first is within your control but the second is not
2. Write down your goals and tick them off when you achieve them, to show yourself you are making progress. This will also help to show Jobcentre Plus what you have been doing to get work if you are on Jobseekers’ Allowance
3. Before you start working on a goal, think about how good you will feel when you achieve it. After you have achieved it, take a minute to congratulate yourself. Even small achievements are worth congratulations, and this will help you keep going and build confidence
4. Tell family and friends what you intend to do and what you have done. Proving yourself to others can help you achieve goals
5. Do something towards your goals every day, even if it is something small. It can be easier to keep going than it is to start, so once you have started push on
6. If you feel like you aren’t getting anywhere, break out of your pattern by doing something bigger, like voluntary work (you will need to restrict it to the 16 hours maximum each week to keep benefits if you get them), starting a training course or volunteering for the Work Programme