How to get your job searching mojo back
Struggling to keep your spirits and energy up while looking for a new job? Here’s how to get your job searching mojo back.
It takes a lot of energy to get a new job. First you need to plough through job listing sites trying to find something, anything, that looks appealing and meets your needs, then you need to write out the lengthy applications and wait to hear back from them.
Inevitably there will be setbacks and these are the ones that really drain your mojo, so how do you get it back ready to go again the next time?
Job search fatigue is a real thing that can affect your physical and mental health, being linked with depression, obesity, diabetes and asthma and the average length of unemployment for Americans in November 2020 was over 23 weeks, up from 19 weeks a year earlier because of the impact of Covid-19 on the jobs market.
To help you avoid falling into job search fatigue, Resume.io has created a guide for getting your mojo back. One way to do this is to get control over your searching habits. If you’re out of work it can be tempting to spend a whole working day on the task of trying to find a new job, but experts recommend cutting this down to just three hours to avoid burnout.
You also need to look after yourself around these three hours. Reward yourself by planning in treats that will give you something to look forward to, whether it’s a walk listening to your favorite podcast or a nice home cooked meal.
It’s also important to avoid isolation, which can be a real problem for the unemployed. Talk to friends and family about how you’re feeling and if you need professional help, be sure to reach out for it.
Your physical wellbeing is also essential, so aim to eat well by consuming 7 portions of fruit and vegetables each day and build in some exercises, which can help build up your self-esteem at a time when it might otherwise be low.
Looking for a new job can take its toll, but following these tips should help you look after yourself physically and mentally and avoid burnout.
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