Stress-free Job Search

Stress-free Job Search

Advice from Wendy Smith; Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – order on Amazon

Stress-free Job Search – looking for work is often a very stressful experience. This is particularly so if you haven’t chose to chosen to leave your job and/or you have searched for a job for a long time. But there are ways that you can cut that stress and here is some advice.

We feel stressed when we perceive a threat. If you are unemployed and worried about the future for you, and those you love, that certainly feels threatening.

The effects of stress

When we feel threatened, the nervous system responds by releasing a flood of stress hormones. These include adrenaline and cortisol. These hormones rouse the body for emergency action. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises, breath quickens, and your senses become sharper. These physical changes increase your strength and stamina, speed your reaction time, and enhance your focus. And they prepare you to either fight or flee from the danger at hand. This is helpful in an emergency and it can be helpful in raising performance temporarily. But if you stay in this state for too long damage can be caused to both your body and your mind.

Long-term exposure to stress can lead to serious health problems. And chronic stress disrupts nearly every system in your body. Among other things, it can raise blood pressure or suppress you immune system making you more vulnerable to infection, as well as increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Long term stress can even rewire the brain, leaving you more vulnerable to anxiety and depression.

Stress-free Job Search – here’s how you can limit the stress

Accepting that you are likely to suffer a degree of stress in job search, there are the ways you can limit the amount of stress you have to suffer. Here is how you get closer to stress-free job search

First, it can be helpful to have a regular routine to your day. This should be very much modelled on the working life pattern you are used to. But make sure you leave enough time in the day for regular meals and exercise. Then you can sharpen your time management skills so that you don’t feel overwhelmed by the challenges ahead. For example, set realistic goals, set regular progress reviews and adjust your goals as needed. Make and manage a priority to do list and block out time in your diary to work on particular parts of your job search project without interruption.

Keep perspective! When your job search is stressful, it can feel as if it’s taking over your life. To maintain perspective, talk to people you trust about the challenges you’re facing. They might be able to give insights or offer suggestions for coping. Sometimes simply talking about difficulties can relieve stress.

Take care of yourself

Take a break. Even a few minutes of personal time during your day can be refreshing. Don’t be afraid to take some breaks from your job search, just as you would at work. This could be the occasional long weekend or a short holiday, if you can afford it.

Have an outlet and set aside time for activities you enjoy. These could be walking, reading, socializing or pursuing a hobby.

Make sure you take care of yourself. So, include physical activity in your daily routine, get plenty of sleep and eat a healthy diet.

Don’t be afraid to seek help if none of the above is really helping and you continue to feel overwhelmed. Please consult your doctor, counsellor or coach for advice on how to cut the levels of stress in your life before it causes you real harm.

Stress-free Job Search – over the last year, I’ve worked with a number of clients who thought they had no chance of securing a good job again. That was a very stressful experience for them. They are now in work and happy.  So, if I can do anything to help you, please get in touch.

Other resources to help your job search

In the job market, there are always lots of useful techniques to learn or to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips in my handy little pocket-book.

Stress-free Job Search
A concise and practical little workbook. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

A concise and practical little work book, it is for all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

Find this and my other books on my Amazon page at this link; http://ow.ly/BRSAL

Remember working with a career coach can really help both  job search and career resilience. Get in touch at the Facing a mid-career dilemmaemail address below – I offer a free half hour trial session by phone or Skype.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, 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. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book your free 30 minute, no obligation, trial coaching session with Wendy Smith now at this Link 

Survival in a Changing World

Survival in a changing world

Changing Priorities: the Route to Survival in a Changing World

Advice from Wendy Smith; Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – Wendy’s books on Amazon

Survival in a changing world – people at work are usually too well schooled these days in the arts of time management and setting priorities. Most of us have set SMART goals for a few years now. (If by some chance you haven’t, get in touch I’ll be very glad to pass on the tips.) We know how to sort urgent items from the important things we need to take time to consider and plan.

What many of us seem to be much less good at, though,  is knowing when to let things go and change priorities mid-plan.

Sometimes it is just easier to spend time hacking at trees than to go up in a helicopter so that you can recognise the danger to the forest from the fire on the horizon.

We live and work in a world that is full of changes that no one quite understands. When we plan, it can only ever be on only knowledge of what the future holds. That means we can never create a perfect map to success in the future.

To thrive now we need the ability to re-assess our plans as the terrain changes beneath out feet and the environment changes around us.

For example, a new technological development may be about to revolutionise the way that products or services are delivered to customers in our sector. This might present a threat but if responded to early and with insight it could be an opportunity.

So when you are planning, build in some regular review points for your priorities and have the confidence to change them and how you respond to them. That way lies survival in a changing world.

Other resources for job seekers

In the job market, there are always lots of useful techniques to learn or to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips in my handy little pocket-book.

Stress-free Job Search
A concise and practical little workbook. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

A concise and practical little work book, it is for all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

Find this and my other books on my Amazon page at this link; http://ow.ly/BRSAL

Remember working with a career coach can really help both  job search and career resilience. Get in touch at the Facing a mid-career dilemmaemail address below – I offer a free half hour trial session by phone or Skype.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, 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. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book your free 30 minute, no obligation, trial coaching session with Wendy Smith now at this Link 

Simple task management

Simple task management

Just a Thought: Don’t Let Task Management Become a Task!

Simple task management – I use the simplest of task management systems. It is a “to do” list of tasks with dates and the possibility of an urgent flag, if I need it.

I use the simplest app on my phone.

You will find lots of phone and computer apps for task management.  And some are incredibly complicated.

For me, the more facilities and add-ons they provide, the less I like them.

But I ‘m not into making recommendations – you’ll have to find one that you like for yourself. I’d recommend keeping it simple.

I want a list I can review and update easily on my phone. And that is all I want in terms of an application.

Then it is up to me to review the list systematically and take action.

Therein lies the secret really with any task/to-do list. How often do you review it? Then do you really take action?

If the app is complicated, it takes a lot of time to maintain it.

I look at mine twice a day, every day! Then I commit to complete the task that day or to re-schedule.

No task/to-do list can actually make you complete the task. You have to do that yourself!

Too often managing the task/to-do list becomes a substitute for taking action.

If you keep things simple, there is far more chance that you will spend time on the task rather than on managing the list!

Find my books on my Amazon page at this link; http://ow.ly/BRSAL

Remember working with a coach can really help you be more successful. Get in touch at the Facing a mid-career dilemmaemail address below – I offer a free half hour trial session by phone or Skype.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, 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. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book your free 30 minute, no obligation, trial coaching session with Wendy Smith now at this Link 

On the Job: How Productive Is Your Lunch Hour?

On the Job: How Productive Is Your Lunch Hour?

Today’s post comes from Tamara M. Williams who  is an EzineArticles Platinum Level Expert Author. Her articles cover topics such as Computer and Technology and Email Marketing. Visit her profile page on EzineArticles to learn more.

A typical lunch hour is one hour. For the week, this means that you have five (5) hours to put towards a variety of goals. So how do you spend your lunchtime? Do you spend it standing in long lines to buy lunch, catching up on office grapevine discussions with co-workers, running personal errands or catching up on work duties? In order to make the most use of that one hour, you should be spending it towards improving your personal or work life.

Unproductive Tasks That Can Consume Your Entire Lunch Hour

There are many ways to spend time, but standing in a long line at a fast food restaurant, café or cafeteria consumes too much time and energy that could be invested elsewhere. Another popular activity is to spend the lunch hour completing work tasks. However, spending all day discussing work can increase your stress levels as your body and mind do not get the chance to relax. Hence, you are even further stressed when you get home. Alternatively, talking with co-workers about various general topics such as local news, the weather and gossip can also eat up your entire hour.

Simple Ways to Stop Wasting Time

Now that you have noticed various tasks that consume your entire lunch hour, you can take some simple steps to increase your efficiency. First, to reduce time spent waiting in line, order lunch and have it delivered to your company. You can also prepare meals from home and take a brown bag lunch to work. Use these time-saving tips a few days per week so that you can utilize your lunchtime more effectively.

Next, when you sit down with co-workers, decide on a maximum time to spend discussing sports, TV show episodes, work tasks or other social activities. For example, set a timer for twenty (20) minutes. Then spend the remainder of the time building up your interpersonal relationships with colleagues. This could mean asking about favourite foods, movies, hobbies, etc. You could also find out what personal tasks they need help with and offer tips or suggest products and services that you love to use. This way all persons involved are benefiting from the discussions. Finally, use this time to complete other important personal tasks such as reading a book, taking an online course or creating your shopping lists. This would greatly reduce your To Do list each week.

Use your lunchtime wisely. If you have to catch up on work tasks because of an emergency or impending deadline, then go ahead. However, it would be less stressful and more productive to work on your interpersonal relationships with colleagues and tackle some personal tasks on your To Do list. This makes your lunch hour more productive and makes your work and personal life much more relaxed.

About The Author:

Tamara M. Williams is an EzineArticles Platinum Level Expert Author. Her articles cover topics such as Computer and Technology and Email Marketing. Visit her profile page on EzineArticles to learn more.

Also by Tamara

Career Management: Maintain a Time Tracking Record in Order to Stay Organised as an Employee or Freelancer 

Career Success:Assess Your Work Expenses Every Month to Ensure That You Live Within Your Budget

Productivity Tip: Improve Your Productivity at Work by Keeping Notes for Every Project You Work on

Solve Problems at Work Quickly and Efficiently by Using Online Forums and Communities

Career Management: Maintain a Time Tracking Record in Order to Stay Organised as an Employee or Freelancer

Career Management: Maintain a Time Tracking Record in Order to Stay Organised as an Employee or Freelancer

Today we have another guest post from Tamara M. Williams who is an EzineArticles Platinum Level Expert Author. Her articles cover topics such as Computer and Technology and Email Marketing. Visit her profile page on EzineArticles to learn more.

You have to learn how to manage your time and tasks responsibly whether you work as an employee or as a freelancer. You need to keep track of time spent on certain tasks each day for your employer or client. This is useful to verify the progress that you are making on your projects. It can also pinpoint any difficulties that you are having which require more information or resources. In addition, you could identify tasks that you are very talented or skilled at completing.

First, you will need a Word or Excel Time Tracking template. Then you will need to add relevant information for yourself and your employer or client. Ensure that the template has columns for the date, hours, time and task. You will need to have a total field that sums up all the hours worked per week. Templates can be downloaded from Microsoft Office at http://office.microsoft.com/en-001/templates/. In addition, most Office suites already come preloaded with templates, so you could check those to determine whether they suit your needs.

One advantage of keeping track of work done for each project is that it makes it easier to determine how much progress you have made. You can easily identify your milestone tasks and compare them to your expected project schedule or Gantt chart. Then you can communicate with your team or client each week to determine if tasks should be added, removed or modified for future work.

The second advantage is that you are able to pinpoint problem areas. These would be tasks that you spend an incredible amount of time on in a specific day or have to repeatedly tackle over weeks or months. You need to determine if you have all the information you need to complete the tasks correctly or if you need to ask your supervisor or clients for more information. It might also be that you need to strengthen your skills and experience in that area. Maybe you have to ask a team member or another freelancer for assistance in order to defeat that hurdle. Make sure to ask for guidelines and tips on how to tackle similar problems in the future too.

The third advantage is that you will be able to identify tasks that are easy for you to complete. The task could be easy because of the area that it covers. On the other hand, it might also indicate great talents and skills that you have in those areas which allow you to complete the work quickly and efficiently. Add those tasks, talents and skills to your strengths and use them to showcase your expertise in the future.

Using a time tracking sheet to track your daily tasks is very beneficial to your job or freelance work. Be better prepared for future projects by using the lessons learnt from your previous time tracking records.

About The Author:

Tamara M. Williams is an EzineArticles Platinum Level Expert Author. Her articles cover topics such as Computer and Technology and Email Marketing. Visit her profile page on EzineArticles to learn more.

Also by Tamara

Career Success:Assess Your Work Expenses Every Month to Ensure That You Live Within Your Budget

Productivity Tip: Improve Your Productivity at Work by Keeping Notes for Every Project You Work on

Solve Problems at Work Quickly and Efficiently by Using Online Forums and Communities

Your To Do List

Your To Do List

Advice from Wendy Smith; Career Coach and author of The WiseWolf Job Search Pocket Book – Wendy’s books on Amazon

Your To Do List – here is a simple and accessible to-do list uses that uses a table and conditional formatting Excel. Add a row for a new task, set the priority, dates, and notes. Once you have set the completion to 100%, Excel automatically checks the item off as done.

Here is the link to the template https://templates.office.com/en-us/Simple-to-do-list-TM02898033

Resources to help your job search

In the job market, there are always lots of useful techniques to learn or to refresh. From writing a modern CV to wooing at the interview, you’ll find lots of tips in my handy little pocket-book.

Stress-free Job Search
A concise and practical little workbook. For all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

A concise and practical little work book, it is for all who have the courage to go out and learn the new skills necessary to find a job now.

Find this and my other books on my Amazon page at this link; http://ow.ly/BRSAL

Remember working with a career coach can really help both  job search and career resilience. Get in touch at the Facing a mid-career dilemmaemail address below – I offer a free half hour trial session by phone or Skype.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, 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. 

Need help finding work, with problems at work, at home or with relationships? Book your free 30 minute, no obligation, trial coaching session with Wendy Smith now at this Link 

Be A Better Manager – Knowing How To Delegate

Being A Better Manager – Knowing How To Delegate

Do you really know how to delegate? I bet you say you do! But I wonder?

Knowing when, and what, to delegate does help. It should not just be about feeling you’ve got too much to do and you just need to pass something (anything) from your in-tray on to someone else.

When you delegate what you delegate should meet two criteria;

  1. It must lighten your load and free you up to concentrate on what is important for you to do at your level, with your particular skills.
  2. It should help the receiver to learn and grow.

You should give the receiver the authority they need to complete the task just as if you had done it yourself. Of course, you give them only the authority necessary for their work and to complete the task as you would. You need to have a care about this; particularly where budgets are concerned.

Remember, though, that when you delegate, the responsibility remains with you. You need to make sure they have the training they need to do the job and you need to think about how they will be supervised. There needs to be space for them to do the task in their own way, but you need to ensure they understand, and will meet, any necessary standards. Most importantly, you (and they) need to be clear about how you will measure the results.

Then, you need to give them time to practice and you need to accept that when they start, they won’t do the job as well as you.

They will need to know who they can go to for help, if they have a problem.

When you know how to delegate properly, you will have established an opportunity for real personal development for your team. And they will be better motivated as a result. On top of that, you will have more time to concentrate on the work that really requires your input – a win-win situation, all round.

Wendy Smith, Career, life and Business Coach
Wendy Smith, Principal Coach, WiseWolf Life and Career Coaching

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, 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 wendy@wisewolfcoaching.com

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find all her books on Amazon at this link

         

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Reactionary Workflow – Breaking the Pattern

Reactionary Workflow – Ideas for Breaking the Pattern

Reactionary Workflow! Where do you really draw the line on your “to do” list? Some of the things we assign ourselves really are necessary; get our teeth cleaned, answer the jury duty summons, pick up the kids. Another category might be negotiable, and yet another list usually contains all those things we actually WANT to do.

And then there is the incoming flow of communication, via email, phone, texts, and our incessant belief that we need to know what is happening and be available to all new sources of information…

Reactionary Workflow

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5 Ways To Combat Reactionary Workflow | Zen Habits

Every few minutes, more communications are being sent your way. Emails, text messages, voice mails, instant messages, twitter messages, facebook posts…and the list goes on.

Your human response? You simply try to stay afloat. You peck away at the latest communications at the top of your many inboxes. And since the flow of communication never ends, you slip into a life of what I have come to call “reactionary workflow.”

For those of us with great ideas and bold goals for the future, reactionary workflow is a big problem. If we spend our working hours reacting to the incoming barrage of communication, we will fail to be proactive with our energy. Our long-term aspirations suffer as a result.

Here are 5 Ways To Combat Reactionary Workflow | Zen Habits.