Losing a job hurts.
It hurts your wallet, hurts your future plans and, if you allow it to, even hurts your outlook on life.
Think of it like driving a car: You’ve been speeding down the highway at a comfortable 55 mph when, out of nowhere, someone sitting shotgun just slammed on the brakes. The pace of life has slowed down dramatically, and there’s bound to be a little whiplash associated with that shock.
If the extra down time and repetitive nature of the job hunt has got you feeling down, don’t worry! It’s only natural to feel a little off during a period of transition. However, as you work day in and day out to find that new career, it can be tough to keep a positive attitude.
With that in mind, here are a few ways to keep your spirits high during the job search:
Celebrate Little Victories
Just because the clock isn’t being punched at 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. doesn’t mean that meaningful work hasn’t been done! Remember to take the time to celebrate the mini accomplishments on the road to a new career. For example, set a goal number of applications to complete in a week, and plan out a special reward for yourself if that goal is met. Change doesn’t happen instantly, so it is important to build in some personalized motivation along the way!
Learn Something New
The repetitiveness of applying for jobs can really wear on a jobseeker, both physically and mentally. After long hours of reviewing job listings in front of a computer screen, burn out begins to set in. Changing gears and sinking your teeth into a new subject can be a great way to refresh your spirit. This can be as relaxed as picking up a new book, or as structured as enrolling in an online course – the important thing is to embrace something new. Who knows, you might even gain a new skill to add to your resume!
Unemployment is an awkward time, and transitioning into this new situation may not be a life event someone is particularly eager to share with the world. One thing is important to remember – you are not alone! Many people have experienced a period of unemployment in one way or another. Connecting with others that have similar experiences can help keep positivity alive, through sharing stories and tips. Remain open and honest; you never know which conversation will lead you to your next opportunity!
The long hours and lack of responsiveness from potential employers can be hard to get used to, but keep your head up. Before you know it, you’ll be back in the fast lane. How do you remain positive during the job search? Let us know below!