Searching for a new position, especially when temporarily unemployed or displaced, can be an incredible drain on your energy. Maintaining your energy and finding ways to stay engaged and in a space of belief is crucial to navigating through this time with ease.
Here are a few ways to keep energized throughout your job search.
1. Change up your routine. Routines are often a great way to get more done and to feel productive. Routines are even a great way to get out of a rut, by making sure you still exercise, network, complete your online job search, and whatever else may be on your to do list. However, if you are doing the same thing over and over again, day-in and day-out, it may be time for a routine change. Something as simple as searching for jobs on your laptop at a local coffee shop, going out to lunch with a friend, or mixing up your exercise routine can do wonders to get you energized.
2. Get support. Find a group of people who can support you. It may not be your normal social or family circle. Talking with people who are or have experienced something similar is a way to remember that this is only temporary. Get around people who believe in you and will encourage you to pull through and carry on—even when you don’t feel like it.
3. Take a break. It’s hard to step away from the job search when you need a job, but sometimes it’s the best thing you can do for yourself. Take a jobseekers-vacation by shutting down the computer, spending some time doing something you enjoy, and recharging your mind. You don’t need to take a vacation if it’s out of the budget, but do step away from the monotony and drudgery of online job seeking—which is a big energy drain when repeated for a long time.
When you spend some time staying energized, you’ll be in a better space to recognize new opportunities, network with the right people, and perform well during an interview. As hard as it may be to stay energized during a job search, remember, it’s essential.