The longer you look for a job, the harder it becomes. Some days you may not even feel like getting out of bed.

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The longer you look for a job, the harder it becomes. Some days you may not even feel like getting out of bed.

You probably have already developed some methods for staying motivated. For more, check out these time-tested suggestions:

Join a job-search group. It’s a reason to get out of the house, and a venue to vent. You might even get some great feedback on your presentation, resume or cover letter.

Socialize with employed friends. It’s not only a reminder that jobs do exist; these are the folks most likely to know about available and/or upcoming openings.

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Hang out with people who make you feel good about yourself. In general, stick to those who respect you, who like you for who you are, who are positive and upbeat.

Expand your network every day. It’s a better way to measure progress than: “How many interviews did you have this week?”

Read biographies of successful people. You will enjoy learning that every successful person has encountered major failures and setbacks along the way.

Try new (to you) job-search techniques. Informational interviews, switching your resume from chronological to functional — a different approach may breathe new life into your hunt.

Find a mentor. If you have a mentor, get a second one. You’re allowed to have as many as you want. Mentors offer perspective, advice and encouragement.

Find a friend to act as your “negativity cop.” This is the person who will let you know when you’re projecting the blues.

Find someone to whom you can make progress reports. This can be a friend, a job-search group or a mentor. You’ll be more likely to keep on task if you are accountable to someone.

Set a challenging goal and meet it. Whether it’s running a marathon or cleaning out the garage, success boosts your mood. You will project more confidence as a result.

Learn a new thing. It can be related to your work, or just for fun. Learning new things stretches your brain and brightens your outlook.

Take a break. Designate one a day a week when you won’t think about your job hunt. Clear your head, relax and re-energize.

Karen Burns is the author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use. Email her at