Updated: Mar 7
Let's face it, times are tough, and it’s not easy to be hopeful and confident in the midst of a pandemic - emotions and feelings can be overwhelming.
Whether you’re living on your own, struggling with the effects of isolation, loneliness and boredom, or juggling the demands of home-schooling a family - or somewhere in between - there’s no getting away from the fact that these are difficult times.
If you’ve been made redundant or furloughed, you may be feeling daunted at the prospect of applying for new jobs and spending 8 hours a day staring at the screen. Desperate, fatigued and worn out before you’ve even started.
You kid yourself that you’re job hunting, when actually you’re frittering away time, and frustrated at being no further forward.
If this sounds like you, and you’ve been at it for weeks or months, I suggest you start again and take a fresh approach. From tomorrow (or Monday!).
Taking a fresh approach
Seriously, scrapping what you’ve done so far and doing things differently (or at least, reading these tips and reviewing what is and isn’t working for you) can set you on the right track, bring renewed hope - and RESULTS.
The combination of being in the right frame of mind, with clear goals and a plan, will help you focus your attention on doing the most important things to help you land the perfect job. The things that work.
Creating the right frame of mind.
There’s no woo-woo stuff here. It’s about doing the simple things. Regular exercise. Fresh air. Sleeping well. Being in contact with others. Eating healthily. Staying hydrated.
And at the same time eliminating, reducing or seriously addressing the things you may do that lead to anxiety, low self-esteem, and hopelessness, such as excessive alcohol consumption, social media addiction, 24/7 news, junk food - to name a few.
And if you’ve spent most of the last year in pyjamas or jogging bottoms, with an occasional shower here and there .. enough said! You’re just not going to be feeling at your best.
It doesn't matter whether you take small steps in each of the areas to make changes, or you go ‘cold turkey’ and decide to go ‘the whole bang shoot’ and get back on a healthy track tomorrow (or Monday!). What matters is that you start.
You can use pen and paper to map out the changes you want to make, or use an app to start tracking your progress. The point is that you can take steps to make sure that today is better than yesterday, and that tomorrow is better than today. Small steps lead to big changes.
In my next blog, we’ll explore how to create and follow a structured and focused job hunting plan.