It’s easy to overlook some very basic things during a job search
➔ If you’re like most people, staying focused on your job search is enough to occupy most of anyone’s waking hours. While that’s a good thing and we would never suggest otherwise, here are few things to keep in mind to maintain your balance.
One, start a journal. In it, write down every time you accomplish something. There is a lot of negativity surrounding a job search and it’s so very easy to let it envelope you. But there are instances of good news as well. If you keep track of those positive experiences, they can be a lifeline to save you from the negativity. Going back and reading about the positive will remind you that there are things that you’re doing right and if you can keep those things top-of-mind, you will get through this.
Two, it’s critically important to remember that you’re not in this alone. Therefore, be certain to show appreciation to your loved ones who are supporting you. As tough as your job search can be on you, don’t forget that it’s also difficult for them as well. They will be that much more likely to remain supportive if you recognize their involvement and commitment too.
Three, while you're pursuing your next job; acquire a skill. You probably have some time on your hands while you’re job searching, so why not put that time to good use. And acquiring a skill has never been easier. The online world is awash with tutorials and other training aids to help you learn most anything. And, if you’re one of those people who prefer live, in-person learning, your local libraries and community colleges offer an overwhelming array of classes on any number of things – personal and professional.
As important as your job search is, there are other aspects of your life that can pay huge benefits if you don’t overlook them.