by Torski Dobson-Arnold
I know I need to find new work sooner rather than later and I am trying, but it is really hard to stay on task and complete everything in the process of finding a new job. I never realized that looking for work could be so much work. What tips would you recommend to people like me who are unemployed, but need to maintain some level of normalcy in our lives to stay productive? What habits are discouraging and should be avoided versus those that bring about positive results and outcomes?
In my own Professional Way
Self-sabotage in the job search process is very common. After working 9-to-5 for so long, it is hard for those who become unemployed to find structure in an unscheduled environment. Managing time effectively is beneficial not only in the job search process, but also in the practice of career management overall. In order to stay on target and make positive strides back to “You’re hired!” status, take time to implement these small yet effective changes to your day.
1. Develop a schedule. Just because you are not on someone else’s time clock doesn’t mean you are not accountable for your time. Build in time to network, peruse job listings, read books and articles on job search strategy, and attend job and career fairs. Don’t forget to account for spending time with family and friends who allow you to stay grounded and connected to the things that really matter most.
2. Create goals and to-do lists. Goals along with to-do lists that itemize tasks that can be completed on a daily basis will keep you on step to realizing your personal and professional pursuits.
3. Recognize procrastination and defeat self-sabotage. Break tasks down into smaller, manageable chunks so as to avoid the feeling of being overwhelmed. Tell someone else of your goals and have them keep you accountable for doing what you said you would do, when you said it would be done. Try to understand why you would not prepare better for career opportunities. Be honest with yourself and confront your fears.
In the words of Chris Gardner, entrepreneur and author of The Pursuit of Happyness, “Baby steps count too.” Continue to do small things everyday to move you closer to your goal of finding a new job. You’ll see soon enough that those smaller steps will eventually equate to a really big step – in the right professional direction.
Torski Dobson-Arnold, The Career Confidence Coach
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