Staying positive in your job search during the pandemic
Taking Time for You
When searching for a new job it can be easy to focus all your time and energy into online research and applications, however this is not always as productive as it seems. It’s important to take time away from your computer and job boards to let your mind have a break from career mode and reset itself, just as you would take a break in the office.
A good way to help make sure you set time aside for yourself would be to delegate a certain number of hours in the day to your job search, making sure you have enough time to take part in any hobbies you have or to just have time to wind down with some television or a chat with friends and family at the end of the day.
Social Media and News
As mentioned above the pandemic and its effect on people, the economy and the future are constantly featured on various news and social media platforms, with most of this unfortunately being negative. The information you take in can greatly influence the mindset and outlook you have on all situations, which is why it is a good idea to limit how much time you are spending looking watching the news or looking at what others are sharing, be mindful of your screen time on certain apps. You could also try following more positive individuals on platforms such as LinkedIn for inspiration, while also helping you connect with the right people during your job search.
Getting Enough Exercise
Sometimes nothing is better to destress and clear your mind like a good work out! Exercise is a great way to boost serotonin levels, which in turn will help your overall well-being, as well as reducing your stress levels. Improving your overall health will also help you focus more, get a better night’s sleep and will all contribute to you being in a better mood. If you haven’t got a gym membership there are loads of online tutorials to follow for a workout from home, or you can take advantage of the cooler weather and do some outdoor activities (at a safe distance from others of course!).
Continuing to Take Pride in Your Appearance
It’s easy to make a pajama day the everyday at-home outfit, especially if you are not employed and staying at home looking for work! Getting dressed for the day as well as following self-grooming rituals can have a significant impact on how you feel, the better you look the more confident you will feel. Self-care can also help you wind down after a busy day, whether this is soaking in a bath or indulging in a skin care routine.
Structure Your Day
Try making a list of tasks to complete in a day, anything from checking emails to following up on applications. Ticking tasks off your list is a great way to make you feel like you are achieving your goals, however small they may be. It can also help you be more productive to have a set schedule to follow. This doesn’t have to just revolve around your job search, as you should include breaks in your schedule, time for exercise or socialising or whatever you enjoy!
It can feel like the most challenging time to be trying to secure a job but perseverance and optimism can be the difference between being in a slump and fighting for your dream job! Onwards and always upwards!