Whether they’re on the job hunt or in a plateaued career, people too often think that their own internal motivation is enough. Unfortunately, we don’t know ourselves as well as we think we do.
In job searches, weekly – and sometimes daily – rejections come with the territory. This can affect your behavior and frame of mind before, during and after interviews. The problem is that people often don’t even realize this is happening. That’s why you need a plan to keep yourself positive and your self-esteem up. Here are a few ideas:
- Go to the gym or take regular walks. There are two things happening here: first, you are relieving stress with exercise, and second, you are taking care of your body. It’s a form of loving yourself! And that’s essential as you go through this career transition process.
- Actively volunteer or participate in organizations where you are giving of yourself. One of the strongest motivations out there is having a sense that you belong – and most importantly, that someone needs you.
- Make time for yourself and do things you really enjoy. Head to a ball game or visit the art museum. Visit with a good friend over lunch and take in a movie. You can’t possibly be on the job hunt 24/7 without burning out. Balance is the key to running the marathon race that leads to your career finish line.
If you have other ideas or tips, I’d love to hear them! Please share via the comments below.