Looking for a job takes a lot of energy. If you’ve been out of work for an extended period it’s very easy to lose confidence and motivation. The more resilient you are the more productive and effective your job search will be.
Here are some things you can do to build your resilience and keep your job search on track.
For many of us, our lives are dictated by routine. The 9-3 of school and then the 9-5 of working life. Without the framework of a job to guide you, it’s easy to lose focus. Before you know it, days have passed and you haven’t made any real progress.
To combat this try to establish a routine. Get up at the same time every day and schedule activities for certain times. Making and sticking to a plan will help you to be more productive and keep you focused on your goal.
Looking for work can be draining, and it can easily take over all your thoughts. It’s not always good to spend too much time focused on a single activity. You need to take a break. Find something you enjoy doing and make time for it every day. Allowing your brain to switch off from looking for work will help to revive it and give you more energy when you get back to it.
Just because you aren’t working, don’t distance yourself from your profession. Keeping up-to-date with the latest news and happenings will keep you connected to your network and ensure your skills and knowledge remain relevant. ICAEW and CABA hold a range of events for past and present ICAEW members and ACA students. Take a look at what’s coming up
Eating well and exercising regularly is good for the brain as well as the body. Don't become a couch potato! Keep moving to stay energised and motivated.
It’s easier said than done, but try to stay positive. Our brains seem hard-wired to think the worst and focus on the bad. But negative thoughts like “I’ll never get the job anyway” won’t help you perform in an interview. A positive attitude will come across in your application and interview answers.
When you’re looking for work, you’ll probably receive more rejections than offers. To minimise this, try to only apply for roles where you genuinely feel your skills and experience are a good match, and to jobs that you’d want to do. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your time and increasing the number of rejections you’ll receive.
This article was written by the career coaching experts at Chiumento.
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