As we mentioned in our blog on staying positive published last week, looking for a job can be the hardest job there is, and having support and encouragement can help you power through the challenges. With that in mind, we thought we would continue to provide ideas on staying positive in the (sometimes) trying times of searching for jobs. Remember, we have all been through it, and there is a perfect job waiting for you – somewhere – the trick is just to find it.
Keep your head up and follow these additional paths to staying focused and productive in your job search.
- Continue Doing Things You Love
Certainly, money isn’t flowing in when you’re looking for a job, so it’s smart to keep tight reigns on your finances—but that doesn’t mean you must stay home, twiddling your thumbs. Continue doing all the things you love that are free (taking a hike, working in the garden, talking to friends) and then figure out if there are ways to cut costs on other favorite activities—let’s say you like the social nature of enjoying a drink at the bar . . . go during Happy Hour to have the same experience at a fraction of the cost. Or better yet, have a cup of tea with a family member.
- Eat Well—and Exercise
Having a drink at the bar aside, it’s important to treat yourself especially well during a job search. You may be craving all the bad-for-you comfort foods—and you might not be feeling up for cardio—but you must treat yourself with TLC during this time. Make sure you consume adequate amount of fruits and vegetables, drink lots of water, and avoid fried, fatty foods that will leave you feeling blah; and keep your energy up by weaving cardio into your life (if you aren’t a member of the gym, there are lots of fun ways to break a sweat, from taking a brisk walk around the neighborhood to riding a bike around town). There is a clear connection between physical health and mental health, so the more you take care of you, the better you’ll be.
- Explore Alternative Income Sources
In the period before you get the job, think of other ways you can earn money: sell collectibles on eBay, tutor students, find a consignment shop to sell items from clothes to furniture, walk dogs, etc. This is a great chance to utilize some of your different skills while also cleaning out the contents of your closet (and the rest of your house, too)—a win-win.
- Volunteer, Volunteer, Volunteer
No matter how bad you think you have it, many people have it much, much worse. Remind yourself in very clear terms just how fortunate you are by volunteering at a local charity—or several local charities. Doing things like helping to feed the homeless or rocking babies born with addiction are self-less acts that will humble you with appreciation. Plus, staying actively involved can teach you new skills, introduce you to new people, and may just pave the way to a connection with an ‘in’ to the perfect job.