Fed-up with Job Search
“I am unemployed and bored. I’m tired of applying for jobs and not getting any replies!”
Fed-up with Job Search – I heard from someone recently who is getting very tired of the whole process of applying for work. He wants to work. But he is really fed up of making applications that don’t get replies. He is bored staying at home every day.
His routine is now to stay up late watching television and get up at noon the next day. Then he just hangs around the house.
It is all too easy for this to happen when you don’t have a regular routine. On top of that, constant rejection, or worse the feeling that you are invisible, adds to feeling down. Eventually it can lead to depression.
The slippery slope
My friend may need quite an intervention to get him moving again.
What about you? Do you feel yourself slipping down into the well of despair? You need to act!
First, you need to establish a new and healthier routine.
Go to bed and get up at the same times as you did when you had a job. This doesn’t apply to those who had a long commute, obviously. If you can, stick with your previous sleeping pattern. Not sleeping? Talk to your pharmacist about trying a gentle herbal remedy to help with sleep. If that doesn’t work talk to your medical adviser.
Fed-up with job search – now is time for a new routine
Make a new routine for yourself during the day and set some new goals.
How about going to the gym or taking a long walk first thing in the morning? During the day take pride in eating well but healthily.
Allocate a certain period each day for work at home on your job search but please don’t spend all day, every day on it! Make time for a hobby that has nothing to do with your job search. Make it something you really enjoy.
Now is the time to review and refresh your job search material, CV etc. Could this be the time to widen your job search field? Think about things you have enjoyed over the years. What have you not yet considered as a work opportunity?
If you have got to interview stage in any of your applications, what feedback were you given? If you didn’t ask for feedback, there may still time to make a phone call to the recruiting manager.
Don’t forget to meet up with friends or contacts outside the house. Make a point of getting out and meeting people at least once a week. These meetings won’t be to ask for work but you can let them know that you are looking. Mainly this will be an opportunity to keep up with people and find out what is going on around you.
If you belong to a professional association, now is the time to go to meetings! It is important to keep up with what is going on in your field. Make some time during your days at home to follow up developments on the internet. It is much cheaper than buying magazines.
Think as well about investing in a training course; either to refresh your present skills or to gain new ones. It could make you more valuable and give you some new contacts.
Think about taking on a voluntary role. It is very good for self esteem and it helps to be able to show potential employers that you are using your time productively.
Fed-up with job search – now is not the time to brood or become that couch potato. Get up, review, revise, refresh and get out there! Set yourself some new goals and move forward, there are still opportunities around – it is time to look for them in some new places.
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link