Does the thought of completing another company’s application process make you ill? If you feel like giving up on your job search, here are some ways that may help to ease your fatigue.
First, make a point to stop reading depressing news about economic distress. We all know that the unemployment rates are dismal; don’t risk the sense of hopelessness that could result in reading an article about the economic downfall. I used to pour over news pieces concerning the striking number of applicants received for one position, the fact that human resources rarely read cover letters, etc. I learned that this type of information can be detrimental to a diligent job-seeker and can cause unnecessary anxiety.
Second, don’t forget about your hobbies- those activities you once enjoyed when employment wasn’t a concern. In the exhausting job search, it is easy to place all fun activities to the back burner. Ask those close to you to hold you accountable; try to set aside time each day to simply have fun. Pick up that paintbrush, dust off the guitar, inflate your basketball; revisit those hobbies that once lifted your heart.
Third, try out some different ways to search for a job. If you have worn out your standard search engines, consider joining an online community like Linked In; this could help spread your name in cyberspace. Aside from being online, do try to get out and talk to people. Even going to your local gym could possibly open up some job possibilities. Think about exercising your skills in a volunteer capacity. You never know what opportunities could be lurking around the corner!
Finally, stop clicking around on your resume and take some time to laugh. We have all heard how good laughing is to maintain a healthy physical and mental state. Find a viral You Tube video that is taking the web by storm. Fire up a classic sitcom that is guaranteed to incite some giggles. Call up an old friend to dig up an old inside joke.
To those of you drowning in your job search, keep persisting. Think of creative ways to maintain perspective and know that many share your urge to give up.