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10 Motivational Quotes for Job Seekers

For all job seekers, but especially those who have been unemployed for a long time, motivation can be in short supply.

Whether it’s through repeated rejection, or simply frustration at the situation in which you find yourself, the status of ‘job seeker’ is one which can zap the energy from you and leave you feeling pretty rotten.  We call this ‘the job search blues’ , and as anyone who has ever been in this situation will tell you, it can have a truly devastating effect on your ability to find work.

A vicious cycle can begin to develop, as negative feelings breed inactivity, lack of motivation, low self confidence and a reduced ability to do all the things that are so crucial for the average job seeker.

There are lots of things that you can do to help break yourself out of this cycle and one of the best places to start is to try and reignite your motivation. This is where clever, witty and inspiring motivational quotes can help get the ball rolling.

(We’re not saying that these motivational quotes are in any way the solution to the problems that we have discussed, but they can certainly give you a fresh perspective on the situation).


Here are some of our favourite motivational quotes for job-seekers:


“People who are unable to motivate themselves must be content with mediocrity, no matter how impressive their other talents.”  Andrew CarnegieJob Hunter


“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”Winston Churchill


“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.”– Wayne Gretzky


“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And you are the one who’ll decide where to go”. – Dr Seuss


“Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it.” –  Unknown


“It is never too late to be what you might have been.” – George Eliot


“There’s only one rule you need to remember: laugh at everything and forget everybody else! It sounds egotistical, but it’s actually the only cure for those suffering from self-pity.” – Anne Frank


“There will be little rubs and disappointments everywhere, and we are all apt to expect too much; but then, if one scheme of happiness fails, human nature turns to another; if the first calculation is wrong, we make a second better: we find comfort somewhere.” – Jane Austen


“Never do tomorrow what you can do today.  Procrastination is the thief of time.” – Charles Dickensaccelerators


And Finally


“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan “press on” has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race”. – Calvin Coolidge

 A little theatrical perhaps but you get the idea. If  these motivational quotes havn’t raised your spirits you might like to take a look at some of these other recent posts.

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