Job Hunt January #12 – Take a break

 28 Mar 2017

  1. Sanity
  2. Perspective
  3. Enjoyment
  4. Better Quality Work
  5. Health

These are all valid reasons for you to take a break from your job search.  If you have been working hard for a few weeks make sure and take a couple of days off, if you have been working hard all morning and find yourself tense, tired or unable to focus properly, shut down the computer and go for a walk, a coffee or some exercise.

Don’t worry unless you have an imminent deadline on a job (why have you left it this late?) the job will still be there in a few hours, a few days or probably a weeks’ time.   Try not to let yourself get bogged down in the job search especially if you haven’t had much in the way of success thus far. To avoid this you should celebrate the small wins like a long application and psychometric test that has taken a couple of days to complete.  Celebrate in whatever fashion you see fit, I wouldn’t recommend a round of golf for every job that you have applied for unless it’s a networking exercise with genuine prospects.

One thing that helps with the feelings of frustration and anger is gratitude.  Completing small gratitude exercises each day or on your break writing down 4 things that you are grateful for will dramatically change your mood.  Better yet put it in a journal each day and then if you feel frustrated or are having a bad day a quick review of this journal will make all the difference.

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