At last I’ve heard from Dave. You can find his latest news at this link and it is a sad tale. Poor June has been in the wars and Dave has done his best to help but all isn’t well. Apart from anything else I think the motivation vampire has struck.
It is very easy to become depressed when you have been out of work for a long time. Your motivation seems to just drain away and you may feel you can’t be bothered any more.
You stop expecting to find the right job and begin to wonder if you will get any job at all.
You can feel depressed and hurt that you can no longer support yourself and your family financially in the way that you believe you should! You may feel you are letting people down. This in turn can lead to stress and anxiety.
- Make sure you are working to a routine Monday to Friday. Set yourself some working hours and stick to them
- Dedicate a space in your home to working – even if it is the dining room table make it look different during working hours. Spend your working time there apart from lunch and coffee breaks
- Get some time out of the house each day – go for a walk at lunch time – but get out and take some exercise
- Revise your CV and your marketing material to show any voluntary work you have been doing
- Do some voluntary work – it will be good for you, them and your CV
- Set some targets for yourself in terms of networking meetings (coffee meet-ups etc), sending off CVs etc each week and stick to it
- Share your targets with someone else and give them permission to challenge you about their achievement – they will enjoy helping you.
- Enquire about local jobhunter clubs and meetups – here is a example if you are London UK based London Jobhunters Meetup Group
Above all think though your options again – just like Dave you may have a “hobby” skill that could be the basis of a new business and a whole new, and better, way of life! See that old vampire off – somewhere out there is the right future for you!
If you would like to work on developing your own confidence, Wendy has a Learn to Be Confident Program at this link
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