Posted by Brian McCullough
When you’re searching for a job, you can easily run out of energy and motivation. At first, it seems simple to develop a cover letter and update your resume, but when a job search wears on, you can get pretty worn down. When a job search lasts for more than a month or two, this can become exceptionally true.
If you have been searching for a job for a while and are tired, feeling discouraged, and just want a break, it’s time to employ some rules that will help you to stop overextending yourself. Before you hit the job search market, it’s important to consider how an extended search for the right job can affect you physically, emotionally, and physically, and how you can keep your head up during the process.
Remember that Job Seeking is Job Within Itself
Many people take for granted the amount of energy required to conduct a job search. You’re doing something you’re not used to, something you haven’t really been trained for, and it may feel foreign. In order to successfully compete in a crowded job markey, you’ve got to be ready to take the proper job search steps every day. Eventually, you may get bored with a job search, just as you’d get bored with a day-to-day job that didn’t change. Taking time off is as important as the job search itself, and it lets you get used to job searching as a sort of temporary “career.”
Take Care of Your Entire Self
You may be used to thinking of yourself as a “worker” and now that you’re out of work and searching for employment, you’re struggling to regroup. A job search is the perfect time to develop your body and take care of your mental and physical self.
For instance, you might have been accustomed to physical activities before you started your last job, but let those die down as you traded them for hard days at work. Whether you’re into running, basketball, or something else, you now have the time to get back into your physical activity and improve your body. Your diet is also an essential part of your physical health. You’ll feel much better if you eat good foods, including vegetables, fruits, and lean meats. When you exercise and keep your diet up to snuff, every part of you will feel better.
On the emotional side of things, it’s good to pay attention to how you’re feeling during your job search. You can go through some intense emotional stuff in a job search, so try to keep a journal to stay motivated. Your mind can also get pretty stressed, so try yoga or other forms of meditation to help you stay grounded.
Conducting a job search for a long period of time is definitely a tall order. You can’t get the jobs you want if you’re a walking zombie, so you don’t want to take the strain of a job search for granted. This means that it’s very important to pay attention to your mental, emotional, and physical self. A little bit of focus on yourself will make you a better hire, and eventually a better employee when you find a career.
This is a guest post by Heather Eagar. More about Heather: