Searching for a new position takes a lot of time, effort and energy. Once you’ve been looking for work for a few months, doubt and worry can often creep in. That’s why it’s critical to manage your energy while searching for a job.
First, it’s important to get support. Whether that means you find a coach or a mentor to work with you throughout the process or you participate in a group that is focused on supporting job-seekers. It’s always beneficial to have someone in your life who can reflect back to you what you are doing right and what you can improve upon. Utilize your support network to know how to adjust, adapt, and course-correct when needed.
Next, know when it’s time to take a break or walk away. Whether that means walking away from searching for jobs online or taking a week or two away from the searching and applying pattern that it’s easy to fall into. Sometimes, stepping away for a few days or a few weeks can give you a fresh perspective on your job search.
Remember to use alternative ways of finding a position—especially your network and the relationships you’ve built over the years. Most positions that are posted online receive a tremendous response from job seekers. To get past that stack of resumes, seek to get an introduction through someone you know or better yet, find the jobs that aren’t posted yet.
Lastly, you’ll also want to practice extreme self-care. Be sure to get plenty of rest, exercise regularly, avoid any self-sabotaging behaviors, and try to have fun too. While it may take time to find the right job for you, it will come. Be patient, keep taking steps forward, and don’t give up!