Unblock Your Job Search
Have you ever planned to look for jobs after work, only to realize that by the time you ran a couple errands, had dinner and watched your favorite show – it was too late to start? If you are getting distracted from your job search, it’s time for a reset.
What are the most common things that seem to get in the way of your job hunt? Consider the top patterns and circumstances that derail your search.
Once you I.D. blockers, address them one-by-one. If you see a pattern that’s not working, try to change it. For example, if are having trouble focusing after work, try getting up early to work on that resume. If you tend to be most productive if you have something to look forward to, plan small rewards to keep you on target.
Are external factors getting in the way? Try pulling yourself out of the situation. If a roommate or partner is distracting, go to a coffee shop or library. If your friends don’t seem to understand why you can’t go out sometimes, try having an honest conversation - then stick to your goal.
If you have major responsibilities like final exams or childcare, try working in short bursts. For example, if you have finals coming up, commit to twenty minutes each day before you start studying. If you are caring for young kids, have your computer handy so you can take advantage of nap-time.
Are you avoiding your job search because it’s stressing you out? Consider what will quickly get you the refresh you need. You can take a 10 minute walk or meditate, but most importantly do something that gets you relaxed and ready to work.
Take an honest look at your blockers, and address them head-on for a better job search.