How to keep your spir­its up when hunt­ing for work

The Oban Times - - Jobs Fair -

If you let it get to you, search­ing for jobs can be a la­bo­ri­ous drudgery, caus­ing stress, de­pres­sion, anx­i­ety, frus­tra­tion, bouts of anger and binge eat­ing. So how do you counter the blue funk that job­search­ing can bring? Here are some tips for the jour­ney.

Be hope­ful

Keep­ing a sense of op­ti­mism and an­tic­i­pa­tion goes a long way. While it's not nec­es­sary to dig deep and find an un­tapped well of un­end­ing joy, it does help to keep a bit of hope­ful­ness that you'll even­tu­ally find some­thing. You will!

Have some­thing to look for­ward to

Un­less you're look­ing for­ward, you'll be look­ing down, and prob­a­bly feel­ing pretty down in the process. When you're en­gaged in a tough job search, set things to look for­ward to. For ex­am­ple, tell your­self that if you keep search­ing for three days (even if you haven't found some­thing), you'll treat your­self. Keep it small, but keep some­thing on the hori­zon that helps you move for­ward with a sense of an­tic­i­pa­tion.

Have a brain­storm­ing ses­sion

Could you be miss­ing out on some­thing in your search? Maybe, but maybe not. Ei­ther way, a brain­storm­ing ses­sion and job search strat­egy time might be just what you need. Close the door, grab a cup of cof­fee and start writ­ing down your thoughts. What are other op­por­tu­ni­ties you could ex­plore or venues you haven't tried? What work-at-home busi­ness could you start?

Plan to cel­e­brate

One way to keep the spir­its high is to plan for a big cel­e­bra­tion when you fi­nally land a job. Think big. When you get a job, plan to go out to eat, in­vite some friends, have a cook­out or go to a theme park. You've met your goal, and that de­serves some fun. Be­sides, it helps you keep the spark of mo­ti­va­tion and a sense of an­tic­i­pa­tion as you put your nose back to the grind­stone.

Do some­thing dif­fer­ent

The drudgery of the job search can be mind­numb­ing. Look­ing up and tak­ing a breath of fresh air can help clear the senses and im­prove the spirit. Try a new ap­proach. Take your com­puter out­side for a change. Spend a morn­ing at a cof­fee shop in­stead of in your liv­ing room. Go onto a dif­fer­ent web­site. Check out some blogs. Break out of your rou­tine and try some­thing out of the or­di­nary.

Take a break

You de­serve it. Af­ter days, weeks or even months of fruit­less search­ing, give your mind a break. The power of breaks – even lit­tle ones – can give you that sec­ond wind that you need to rush back into the task with re­newed vigour and op­ti­mism. En­joy a brief respite, and hit it again – harder and with higher spir­its.

En­list the sup­port of a friend

Find­ing a job is like work­ing out. It's no fun, but it's so im­por­tant. In an­other sense, it's like work­ing out be­cause it's best done with some­one else. A friend who is also job seek­ing can be a source of en­cour­age­ment, tips, con­ver­sa­tion and mo­ti­va­tion when times are tough or spir­its are low. Plan to do it to­gether. Swap lo­ca­tions, fix a treat and go at it. Although search­ing for a job can be a gru­elling process, keep your head held high be­cause this could be the week you find the job of your dreams.

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