Losing your job, or desperately needing to find a better one, can be devastating – not just financially, but emotionally and maybe even physically. It can do a real number on your self-esteem and confidence as weeks quickly turn into months, without impactful results.
No matter how difficult it becomes, it’s critical to keep a positive attitude. Your emotional well-being, along with the impression you make on potential new employers, depends on it.
There’s nothing to be gained from wallowing in self-pity. So, use these tips to keep your chin up until you land your next career opportunity:
Treat your search like a full-time job.
Plan to spend about 40 hours a week looking for a job. The plus side is: You can build some flexibility into this schedule, but you do need to make it your top priority. Get up in the morning, take a shower, get dressed, and then sit down and get to work. At the end of the day, stop working, just as you would if you were being paid for it.
- This includes taking breaks. Stop working for lunch or a cup of coffee. And “after hours,” take time off to do something you truly enjoy, whether it’s reading a book, working on a hobby, heading to the gym, or taking a relaxing walk. (As an added bonus, try to stay in shape. Maybe you can grocery shop when it’s less crowded and thus, spend a little more time in the produce aisle and less purchasing fast foods.)
Embrace a cause that you feel strongly about. Volunteer in a way that you can use your skills and talents and, ideally, build your network of contacts. It will make you feel better – and look great on your resume.
- When you find a job, consider continuing your volunteer work. It allows you to not only feel good but also to do Hopefully, your new employer will support the cause, as well.
Learn something new.
Whether you’re employed or not, it’s smart to be a lifelong learner. When job hunting, expanding your skill set will make you more marketable.
- Look for free online courses or low-cost options such as those offered by local continuing education programs.
Consider joining a support group.
Share your thoughts, ideas, and experiences with others who are in the same situation as you. Check your local library, houses of worship, community centers and other sources for job hunting support groups. Or, find a list here.
Are you looking for the next step in your career?
Don’t let your job search wear you down. Instead, connect with a search consultant from TRC Professional Solutions. We’ll help you perfect your strategy and land that dream position. Contact us today or explore these professional opportunities, here.