Sometimes job searches can wear on a person’s motivation to keep moving forward, especially if the search has lasted for weeks or months. While qualifications, as well as resumes and cover letters make a huge difference in whether you’ll be hired, your attitude also matters.
If you’re getting tired of looking for jobs, your positive demeanor could turn negative in the wrong environment (i.e., the interview). To maintain a positive attitude throughout your search, it’s a good idea to consider engaging in the following activities during the process:
Exercising daily, in addition to maintaining a healthful diet, are important under normal conditions. But when you are working through a tough circumstance such as a job search, stress can create health issues at a faster rate.
To keep your health in check, it’s good to set up a daily exercise routine that incorporates cardio and strength training. Also, be sure to take vitamins and eat properly. Good health works wonders in improving your mind and body, while also creating a more positive attitude to carry you through your search.
Many experts equate a job search to a full-time job; at least, that’s the amount of time you’ll need to dedicate to the process each day in order to obtain the results you desire. There’s nothing wrong with spending a full workday looking for new employment and submitting applications. But as with a full-time job, you need to take breaks, including lunch, to breathe and rejuvenate.
Be sure to take some time to relax throughout your job-seeking days. And if you can, try to create a job search schedule so that you don’t constantly overwhelm yourself with thoughts of employment. Relaxing is the only way that you can rest your mind and recharge for the next day’s searches.
Everyone’s home life is unique and allows for certain options, but if you find that you have time in your schedule, then consider volunteering at a local organization a couple of days a week. There are a number of benefits that can arise from volunteering.
For one thing, you can help someone (or some animal) in need. Also, you will keep your mind sharp so that you’re ready to hit the ground running when you do find work. In addition, you get to add your volunteer efforts to your resume to show that you’ve been busy in between jobs. And finally, you get the opportunity to network with professionals who might be able to help you find your next position.
If you’re able to keep a positive attitude while in between jobs, you’re more likely to maintain this attitude when you’re finally employed. Don’t let a lack of employment sour your demeanor. Instead, consider this time as an opportunity to take on new challenges as you wait for your amazing job.
Jessica Holbrook Hernandez is an expert resume writer, career and personal branding strategist, author, speaker and President/CEO of Great Resumes Fast. She creates high-impact, best-in-class resumes and cover letters that transform job searches into interviews and ultimately job offers. For more information about professional resume writing or to read more career and job search related articles visit http://www.greatresumesfast.com or call 1.800.991.5187.