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15 Motivational Quotes for a Successful Job Search

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Wouldn’t it be great if we could all have our own personal work coach who would magically pop up when we needed them most for a few words of encouragement and a little inspirational quote to keep our motivation up. They could be there to buck up our spirits when we get hit with a rejection letter, or boost our confidence when we land an important job interview.

Unfortunately, in the real world this isn’t a reality so we have to seek motivation from different sources to keep us going. Fortunately for us there are a whole host of inspirational quotes from famous and not so famous people that we can use to help us job search.

The whole job search process can be overwhelming at times, and even frustrating! Sometimes we can all use a little encouragement as we tackle our job searching tasks every day. So here we have put together our favorite inspiring quotes for job seekers to draw upon in their times of need.

Pick out the quotes you like the best and write them down onto post-it notes and place them in your eye-line where you will see them the most. Why not bookmark this page too so you can easily come back here and read some inspirational quotes when you feel your energy is flagging.

We chose these to share with you because they really hit home and are a powerful way to help motivate you and keep your mind positive while you are job searching. We hope you enjoy these as much as we do.

If opportunity doesn’t knock, then build a door.

– Milton Berle

If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.

– Vincent Van Gogh

I can’t do it” never yet accomplished anything; “I will try” has performed wonders.

– George P. Burnham


build your own dreams

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.

– Walt Disney

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

– Michael Jordan

be yourself


He who never makes an effort, never risks a failure.

– Unknown author

The best revenge is massive success.

– Frank Sinatra


shots you don't take


In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.

– Albert Einstein

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.

– Thomas Jefferson


stand up eight
Fall seven times and stand up eight


The future depends on what you do today.

– Mahatma Gandhi

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