Did you know that October is Emotional Wellness Month? You may be asking yourself: “What is emotional wellness?” According to Dr. Shannon Kolakowski, being emotionally well includes treating others well, liking who you are, being flexible, and having/showing gratitude. As a job seeker, being emotionally well isn’t always easy. A major life change like losing your job can truly affect your outlook on life, your confidence and your relationships with others.
As a Program Manager at National Able Network, I frequently work with clients (specifically senior clients) that are struggling to remain emotionally well while looking for a job. Below I’ve listed some tips I share with clients that help them conquer their job search while also helping them improve their well-being and come out on top!
Create a routine. As with most goals in life, creating a routine with manageable steps is a great way to keep yourself organized, accountable and motivated. I recommend that you set up a daily routine that is one part job search and one part something enjoyable. When I was on the hunt, I would carve out one hour on three weekday mornings (Monday, Wednesdays and Thursdays) to search for jobs, drink coffee, go for a walk and leave my phone/email out of sight. Then, every Sunday night, I would take my list of positions and companies I was interested in and applied for them that night, so that my applications were waiting for employers on Monday morning.
Network. I cannot stress the importance of networking. Networking is about finding like-minded individuals who can support you during your job search. It can be attending a networking group or asking someone who is well-connected for coffee and bringing them a copy of your resume and a list of your goals. Often just letting others know that you are available and are actively looking will remind your networking community to keep an eye out for you. I am a big fan of networking groups – I’ve even attended them while employed! I also encourage my team and clients to attend public networking events whenever possible for professional development. However you choose to connect is up to you, but the great thing about sharing job search stories with others is that you are reminded that it is a process that can be hard on everyone.
Reward yourself. Set weekly and monthly goals for your job search and reward yourself when each goal is met. For instance, a weekly goal could be to apply for six positions each week. A monthly goal could be to have one or two interviews per month. Maybe the reward is just giving your brain the night off from thinking about job searching altogether, or maybe it’s something more like picking up book you’ve been meaning to read from your local library or watching that documentary you haven’t had time to watch. Regardless, it’s important to celebrate the progress you are making, and remind yourself that you are moving forward even if you don’t have an offer letter in hand (yet).
If you’re age 55 or better and looking to enter the workforce, National Able Network can help! Click here or call 855-994-8300 today to learn more!