How to keep your spirits up when hunting for work
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.
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.