Everyone knows that going on a job hunt can be a tough experience. Putting yourself and your career on the line in the face of potential rejection is difficult and stressful. In a competitive job market, unemployment can really wear on you over time. But it is an experience many professionals go through, and those who succeed are able to say they are stronger from the experience. Here are a few simple ways to keep on track while you focus on your job search and advancing your career.
Take Care of Yourself
Exercise, eating well, and taking time to relax are all simple ways to improve your quality of life. Don’t let a job hunt hurt your wellbeing by failing to focus on taking care of yourself. Maintaining a positive attitude and an ambitious outlook on your job search will go a long way to helping you weather the down time. Take the opportunity to get back into a good exercise routine. Go for regular walks or spend some more time at the gym. Enjoy your down time because before you know it, you’ll be back to working a demanding schedule and you will likely miss those moments of quiet.
Manage Your Stress
Being unemployed can be a stressful situation, undoubtedly. But employers are interested in your mindset as much as your qualifications when evaluating you as a potential hire. Keep your cool by learning to manage your stress well. Take rejections in stride if need be, and learn from those who have succeeded in their job search. Don’t let frustration or wounded pride make an impact on your stress level. Employers want to hire someone who is able to stay calm under pressure, and you are rarely as under pressure as you are in an interview or other point in your job search. Find a stress-management technique that works for you: try deep breathing, thinking positive thoughts, or exercising to get your head back in the game.
Stay Active in the Community
The worst thing you can do while knee-deep in a job search is to lose touch with your professional network, or not know what’s going on in the industry. Volunteering at industry events or conferences and staying active in online communities such as Facebook or LinkedIn can greatly benefit your job search. Joining industry groups and affiliate networks is a great way to meet new people and stay in touch with old colleagues. Keep in mind that if you are out of sight, you are more or less out of mind. Make sure you still have a presence in the industry. Focus on growing your professional network through conferences, training seminars, maybe consider starting a blog from the perspective of an industry expert. Share your skills and expertise to gain professional credibility and expand your network. Your career will only benefit from the attention.
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