Sometimes we are our own worst enemy.
Even when it concerns things we know are in our own best interest, we ignore or procrastinate doing them because it’s just plain easier.
Searching for a job can be soul crushing stuff, especially when you hit one of the inevitable dry spells, where you are getting zero calls from employers. These are the times when even the best “rah rah you can do it!” pep talk isn’t going to change your bad mood because you are just plain unhappy. This is okay. Yes, it’s okay.
In a world where people do everything they can to avoid experiencing negative emotions, many people are unable to simply accept or admit that they are not happy.
Feelings aren’t right or wrong – they just are.
What’s wrong with admitting …
“I am searching for a job and I am hearing nothing back.”
“I am worried and feeling down.”
It’s okay to say that to yourself, and it’s okay to say that to people in your life who care about you. Sometimes we hide our negative emotions from the very people who want to help us most.
This moment of pure honesty in itself may be a better place to start than avoiding or pretending that you don’t feel the way you do.
So, now that it’s out there, what’s next?
You are unhappy.
Does that mean your job search comes to screeching halt?
It could if you let that emotion rule you and paralyze you completely. But you can choose to do something, no matter how small it seems, to keep moving forward.
Doing Just One Thing Today Can Greatly Increase Your Job-Search Success.
Do one thing, no matter how you are feeling, even if you feel rotten the whole time you are doing it.
Doing Just One Thing (Here’s a List of 24) Can Steer You Closer to Job-Search Success
You can choose to do something, no matter how you feel. So, drag your butt out of bed and pick something from the list below to do today. And when you’ve done that, pick something else for tomorrow. And when you’ve done that…..you get that idea.
Here’s the list – some require more get-up-and-go than others.
Start where you can, doing just one thing now, and work up to the ones that require more than you are ready for today.
*Send someone a 2-minute thank-you text or email.
*Find a low-cost workshop at local college or university that will help you learn a new skill. Register for it.
*Read career related news stories/stay current with world events. If you are feeling extra ambitious, email an article of interest to a colleague, former co-worker, etc. with a “let’s catch up some time” request added for good measure.
*Research qualified career counselors in your area. Pick up the phone and make an appointment with one.
*Spend one hour making a list of your accomplishments.
*Create 10 alerts in job board websites – set up saved job searches/alerts in LinkedIn too.
*Send an invitation to a former colleague to get together for lunch within the next two weeks.
*Conduct internet research on a company you’d like to work for. Make a list of 5 reasons why you want to work there.
*Create a Twitter account for “professional you.” Follow and introduce yourself to 10 recruiters.
*Arrange an informational interview.
*Go to the gym with a friend. Ask your friend to keep an eye out for job openings for you.
*Attend and build your network at a career fair.
*Attend and make connections a networking event.
*Comment on blogs or LinkedIn groups.
*Create your own website, Wix.com is a good option for beginners.
*Get a haircut. Ask your hair stylist to keep an ear out for jobs in your field.
*Find a local non-profit organization looking for a volunteer. Volunteer with whatever time commitment you are comfortable giving.
*Spend 30 minutes practicing your response to the question, “So, tell me about yourself?”
*Join and participate in 5 new groups on LinkedIn.
*Provide an unsolicited recommendation to one of your LinkedIn contacts.
*If you can’t handle writing a LinkedIn recommendation today, endorse your contacts with a few mouse clicks.
*Take a long walk and think about what activity from this list you will do tomorrow.