Taking Care of a Job Hunter

Today’s job hunter is a unique beast. He or she works hard every day, is focused on a single overall goal, and operates under a dark, dull level of stress. It’s not an enviable position, but it must be faced day in and day out until the ultimate goal is reached.

It’s important to care for the job hunter every day. Just because he or she doesn’t “go to work,” this is no vacation. In order to achieve top performance, the job hunter must take several steps to work through this phase of life as quickly as possible.

Below are 5 steps to the successful care and feeding of today’s job hunter: 

1. Get exercise every day. It does wonders for your energy level, your mood, and your ability to focus on the task at hand. Walk the dog, ride your bike, go for a run, try kickboxing, go to the gym… there’s really no limit to what you can do. Even if you’re not the exercising type, now’s your chance to take charge of your schedule and include 30 minutes of exercise every day. 

2. Watch your diet. I’m not talking about a major lifestyle change here, just keep an eye on things. Cut down on the fast food, high-carb foods, sweets, and other “comfort foods.” Yes, you’re having a tough time these days, but you’re not doing yourself any favors by eating food that will take away from your energy level and nutrition. Try sticking with chicken, fish, fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts, dried fruits (Did someone say trail mix?) 

3. Avoid negativity at all costs. You know the one… the pessimist who says the economy is lousy, there’s no jobs out there, no one is paying anything, no one is getting call backs… You need to close that person (or people) out of your life for the time being. You now need uplifting, motivational, positive influences all around you. Misery loves company, but don’t accept the invitation.

4. Keep an eye on your mood. If you start becoming depressed, fatigued, crabby, or just plain unproductive, take an “emergency’ break. Take a long break. Get away from it all and then come back to it with a fresh mind. Trying to “work through” a crummy mood is like trying to hit a golf ball through a tree. It seldom works, and you usually find yourself in a worse situation that you did before you took the swing. 

5. Keep the faith. Even if you heard “No” ten times today, even if you received a handful of rejection letters, do not, under any circumstances, give up hope. Winston Churchill is noted for saying “Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never – In nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” This British Prime Minister faced much more harrowing consequences than finding a new job, and millions of Brits found encouragement in Churchill’s words. There are plenty of other inspirational quotes that can keep you going. A quick Google or Bing search of Inspirational Quotes will result in hundreds of words of encouragement. Do not give up. Keep the faith. You will find what you are seeking. Believe. 

Job hunting is a tough task, and the rewards can sometimes be hard to find. It’s best to take care of your job hunter at all times, and remember the better you hunt, the shorter the hunt will be.