Job search fatigue: we’ve probably all been there before. This normally happens when you’re unhappy in your current position and you’re desperately trying to find another. You end up spending all of your free time applying to jobs and it becomes overwhelming. Soon you have zero energy and feel even more miserable than you did before you started looking for a new position.
The question then becomes: How does one prevent burnout during your job search process while keeping yourself positive?
This was exactly what one of the members from the audience from General Assembly’s #OFFCAMPUS event asked me after my talk last week on career development and finding what you love.
I have personally struggled to strike that positive balance while feeling like I’m making progress in my job search efforts.
Here are my tips to help you have more zest during your job hunt:
Come up with a manageable and realistic plan that will support your energy levels. It’s true: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” You have to make sure that you leave time in your schedule to socialize with friends and get to the gym.
Speaking of getting to the gym, everyone already knows that going there gives you more energy. Those endorphins you release while exercising makes you happier and less stressed too! Seriously – make sure you incorporate exercise in your routine.
Be patient and know that landing the right job will take time.
Be consistent and persistent in your search for the perfect profession.
When and what are you eating? Believe it or not, the times you eat and what you consume really do matter for more reasons than just wanting to look good. It also has a huge effect on your mood and energy levels. Make sure you fill up often on good nourishing foods to help boost your positivity. (If you want to learn more on this topic I highly recommend you read the “Happiness True Recipe” by Will Marré.)
Lastly, watch the first two tips in Marie Forleo’s video below to help you stay on top of your game:
Now I’d love to hear from you! Have you had job search fatigue before? How did you overcome it? Also feel free to ask me any of your pressing career transitions questions!
Let’s face it changing careers can be stressful, but there are a few steps that you can take to make the transition less daunting.
Here are the 4 things you’ll have to do to make your career transition successful:
Allow yourself to evolve and be creative
Be committed to finding your passion
Compartmentalize your fear
Get out of your own way and just go for it
Let me me explain exactly what I mean here:
When I made my massive industry change from Wall Street broker to Pilates instructor the first time around (that’s right, I actually did a double whammy, which I’ll tell you about soon.) I unknowingly gave myself permission to evolve and think outside the confinements of a typical career. I got really creative with what I wanted and how I could make it happen.
I was fed up enough with my current work environment which meant I was 100% committed to making the leap to find my passion. This strong urge to find something that would make me happy made it a little easier to tell my fear to take a back seat while I figured out what I wanted for my future. You see, I didn’t allow my fear to block me from going for what I wanted most in life. I also realized that the longer I stayed in a job that I strongly disliked the harder it would be to leave eventually.
To remind me of this fact I had a whole bunch of older co-workers who were miserable in their jobs but were completely stuck because they never allowed themselves to think outside of the box or pushed themselves outside their own comfort zone. I knew I didn’t want to wake up one day and be one of those people.
Now don’t get me wrong, I definitely didn’t have it all figured out up front, but here’s what I did know:
I knew I was interested and loved movement,
I knew more or less how much I could earn teaching Pilates and that it would be enough to support the lifestyle I wanted
I gave some room for the process to evolve creatively and didn’t pressure it to be a specific way. Most importantly: I kept believing in myself and worked towards fulfilling my dream of finding a career I was passionate about.
Now I’d love to hear from you:
Have you made a career transition? How did you overcome your fear? What helped you make a successful career transition?
Perhaps you’re thinking of changing jobs? Which one of these tips was most helpful to you? Or what’s holding you back?
Remember your question or answer could help someone else have a rich learning experience too!
As a life coach and career transitions expert I see many people make one big mistake when they’re unhappy in their job.
I can so relate to them and the reasons for making this mistake, because I also made it. As I mentioned in last week’s blog it led to my biggest career regret! Today we’ll discover what this mistake is and how to avoid it.
Let’s dive right into what that terrible error is:
Putting too much pressure on yourself to make a career change happen immediately.
This often happens if:
you’ve been unhappy in a job for too long
you’re in a new job and immediately realize it’s not the right move for you
I personally stayed in a job I didn’t like for too long and it directly led to pressuring myself to get out fast. I was stressed out of my mind all the time and that resulted in me quitting my job before I had things figured out for my next career move. This cost me financially and also hurt my career advancement.
How to avoid this:
As soon as you realize you’re not happy in your job: start to network and think of other possibilities for your career. Make sure that you don’t overload your job hunting schedule and still make time to have fun – try to strike a nice balance. Realize that it will take some time to find that perfect next job. Be as patient as you can be while taking deliberate action to landing a fulfilling career.
Need more help:
Sign up for my FREE #RichCareerChallenge with active steps to help you cultivate a positive mindset, live more now, be social and do away with all the job drama and negativity. These are the 4 ingredients you need to figure out your next career step.
Now I’d love to hear from you! Have you made a successful career transition? How did you make it happen for yourself? Tell us below – remember your answer could help someone else make their transition a reality!