26 Songs That’ll Keep You Going Strong During a Long (Long!) Job Search
Day one of your job search: You’re on your game.
Fast forward to Day 30: You’re still working on all these things, but with a lot less energy and motivation. Let’s be honest—filling out applications over and over again can get tiresome and tedious. It takes a lot of time and tenacity to go the distance, day after day, for position after position.
So how can you keep your energy and endurance high as you power through the process? With some sweet, sweet tuneage of course!
Here are 26 songs to blast (or keep at reasonable volume) when you’re applying.
“Walking On a Dream”—more like walking toward your dream job. (You know that joke would kill it on Pinterest.)
Can’t feel your fingers after writing 17 customized cover letters? This tune will help bring you them back to life. Just in time to write more cover letters.
Want to rant like Kanye, because you haven’t heard anything back yet? We’ve all been there—Kanye too—so remind yourself you’re a champion.
YOLO. That is all.
Not getting any replies from recruiters? Feeling a bit like an underdog? Then you’ll totally get this song. Just don’t raise your glass over your computer—and don’t send any follow-up emails after you’ve had a few.
Still bummed that interviewer went with someone else? Don’t channel Adele and call a thousand times to rehash why. Instead just listen to her blow your mind with her vocals.
Or trying to act cool, and relaxed—when in reality you think you might explode if your dream job doesn’t get back you in the next five minutes.
When the offer comes, you’ve gotta be prepared to take it or leave it, so think about that in advance. (I know, sometimes I get pretty literal with my lyrics.)
We’ve all gotten a first, second, or fifth “Thanks, but no thanks” email. Stay strong.
Yeah, yeah, and it’s OK. Yeah, yeah, and it’s alright. Just keep on moving forward on your job search.
This sugary sweet song will help snap you right back into positive thinking, because hopefully, you’ll soon hear similar words from a prospective employer. Really!
More cover letters, more resumes. Here we go again. OK? Now—go!
Not that you would ever do a job search at work, but if you do, best keep it on the DL because you never know when the boss will be coming from around the corner.
You’re starting to embrace your full potential once again, and feeling like a room without a roof. (Whatever that means.)
This pure gold from Daft Punk will help keep your motivation at its peak. Seriously, I dare you to listen to it and not feel inspired to do something.
It’s OK to let it out every now and again and take a dance break before you get back to those applications. I promise, it’s just what you need right now.
With this way-back playback, renew your energy for your job search, because you truly are too legit to quit hunting for that job that’s just right. Corny? Yes. True? Also yes.
You’re going to snag an awesome gig. Tell any non-believers to just watch.
You owe it to yourself to press play every time you get an interview.
You’re that much closer to a new job. Again, we’re getting literal up in here.
Five minutes before an interview the nerves really start to set in. Your heart may be beating like a hammer, but don’t worry. You’ve got this.
From one interview to the next, the whole thing can be a blur. Not sure what you said? Not sure what you did? It probably went a lot better than you’re giving yourself credit for.
Don’t stop ’til you get that job offer. No, but really, you need that job.
A job offer letter just arrived in your inbox! You’re so excited, you won’t care if you ever come down.
You’ve landed a new gig. So right before you hand in your resignation letter, enjoy the moment and know that you’re soon outta there!
Which songs do you turn on to keep you pumped up?
Kamara Toffolo is a Career and Leadership Coach who helps her clients DARE to do work differently. In addition to writing for the Muse, Kamara writes weekly on her own blog where she discusses career and work fit, passion and purpose and shares funny anecdotes from her time in the corporate world. Follow her musings on Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn and Facebook.More from this Author