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A job search can feel difficult under the best of circumstances and has the potential to seem even more isolating given that many organisations have moved to hybrid or even remote working after the COVID-19 pandemic. Here are three ways to stay positive and motivated while continuing your job search.
Cultivate a support system
When you’re expanding your network, think beyond simply recruiters, managers or those who could help you find a role in a company. Networking also means joining with others who can help with the load of job-seeking. This may mean finding Facebook groups, LinkedIn groups or creating your own regular Zoom check-ins with friends, family or others who can help both with their own experiences and tips, but especially with mental and emotional support.
Set boundaries to fight burnout
The human body and mind needs downtime and regular periods of rest. Pushing yourself for long periods of time means you won’t be at your best when the opportunity comes around to interview or accept a job offer. Instead, intersperse periods of intense focus with downtime and recovery. Set aside time to unplug and come back more energised.
Work on professional development
The big picture is important, too. Beyond applying for jobs and writing cover letters, make sure to focus on your own personal progress and goals. Take time on professional development by watching videos, listening to podcasts or reading books. Or even better, contribute to others by volunteering for a local charity. In addition to being a feel-good opportunity and a worthwhile investment into your community, volunteering can provide opportunities to develop professional skills and to network with other local professionals.
Again, remember to take time for self-care while you’re searching for jobs. Take a lunch break, walk around your neighbourhood and get the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep to help make sure you’re on the top of your game. The job search will still be there when you return, more rested, motivated and focused to keep moving forward.
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