by Uri Allen, CPRW
During a job search, one can quickly fall into a stressful pattern of obsessively looking for work, sending out résumés at all hours of the day and night and mindlessly scanning job boards like Career Builder or CT.Jobs till the wee hours of the morning. The hunt for the next great job becomes all consuming and many job seekers quickly find themselves burnt out and overwhelmed early into their job hunt. You might even been one of these job seekers who day after day pound the real or virtual pavement in search of their next dream job going and not stopping until they are burning the midnight oil working on the 300th revision of their résumé.
Don’t let Job Search stress get the better of you!
Job loss ranks in the top 10 list of stressful events on the Holmes and Rahe Life Events Stress scale and it’s no wonder why it does. Job loss can have outward impacts like financial uncertainty but also affect self-esteem and self-worth. Couple these with a less-than-stellar, extremely competitive job market and it’s easy to see how the job seeker of today can feel like the odds are stacked against them. In such a stressful time, it is crucial that job seekers take the time for self-care in order to effectively manage the rigors of being in career transition. Taking time for self-care as a stress management technique can help to rejuvenate you (and your job search), give you a fresh perspective and keep you from burning the candle at both ends and avoid job seeker burnout. Here are a couple of tips for stress management:
Schedules = Awesome
The most important step to self-care and stress management is TIME MANAGEMENT. Establish a schedule for yourself, including meal times and non-job search activity times and stick to it. Having a set time to wake-up will help you avoid the sleep till noon pitfall that many job seekers fall into and having a set time to go to sleep will help you avoid those late night job search Craigslist cruises. The biggest key to scheduling your day is if you set a schedule, stick to it. If you’ve scheduled your job search to end at 5…end at 5. Creating and staying on task with a schedule will help you to manage tasks, keep on top of your job search activities and establish a daily routine which, when you get your next position, will lessen the stress of having to get back into the flow of having a scheduled day.
Take 10 minutes every day to do something that you enjoy and that is NOT job search related. A short, refreshing walk, enjoying a favorite snack, listening to some relaxing music and focusing on your breathing or writing in a journal can help to rejuvenate and refresh you and give you a whole new outlook. This writer would even go as far to suggest you take 10 for every couple of hours you job search. These little tidbits of self-care peppered throughout the day will help prevent you from feeling drowned in the sea of job search activity.
While there is no magic cure to stay stress free during a job search, taking time to create a schedule and making sure to do some non-job search activity throughout your day along with getting plenty of sleep, eating right and exercising, will definitely help you maneuver the stress of job search a little easier. Enlist the services of professionals at your local job service center and build a support system. Remember, stay positive, smile and don’t lose hope. Your dream job is out there waiting for you!