Maintaining your job search momentum is particularly difficult during an extended job search. Below are five tips to help you keep moving forward.
- Be kind to yourself. Set realistic deadlines and then meet them. There is nothing more satisfying and self-affirming than crossing that task off of your list, so set realistic goals and celebrate each time you finish the day’s priorities. After all, the celebration is the best part.
- Take time to refresh your mind, body, and soul. Looking for a job, especially when you don’t have one, is something you carry around 24/7. Remind yourself to set regular office hours and knock off at a reasonable hour. That includes taking time off on the weekends. Take a walk, go to the gym, escape with a good book, or have coffee with a friend.
- Follow the example of professional athletes who often follow a 90/30 training schedule. Work intensely for 90 minutes and take a 30-minute break to refresh. Then come back and repeat the process. Use the time in between to clean the house, exercise, or just be still. You’ll get more done in less time and remain energized. Athletes also use visualization techniques to enhance their performance.
- Hang out with people who will support your goals and reinforce your progress. Give the others the boot! You don’t need anyone else criticize you, you can do that all by yourself and probably are.
- Take back your power. It is easy to think that you are not in control of your life when your ability to get a great job depends upon the decisions of others. Try to avoid this by focusing on what you do very well. Concentrate on your strengths and focus on maintaining a positive attitude. You are not helpless. You are an amazing success story just waiting to happen.
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