Frozen by the cold harsh realities of job search in today’s ever-shifting and often-brutal economic climate? Here are 4 counterintuitive steps you can take to help thaw things out:
1. Write thank-you letters or call someone (friend, family member, co-worker, former boss) to let them know you appreciate their impact in your life. It’s amazing what showing appreciation for others can do for you. Witness the spark you spur with your words. Feel the good vibes flow over you. Thank without requesting anything. Value others, effortlessly. The effects will be amazingly reverberating.
2. Volunteer. You may think, “I have no time to volunteer my time until I resolve my job situation.” In fact, getting out and helping others and contributing to a cause other than your own often liberates your mind, your soul, your emotion from constant self-introspection. Often, our greatest problems are resolved when we aren’t directly thinking about them. And as a bonus, who knows, you may meet someone in your volunteer path who will know someone who knows someone who needs talent like yours.
3. Ask for help. Many people are too proud to demonstrate the humility often needed to successfully navigate change. Remember the saying, “Pride goes before a fall?” (adapted from Proverbs, 16:18).
4. Be kind to yourself, but don’t revel in self-pity. Sadness and frustration need proper release from time to time, but release it and move on to more proactive steps. Watching a silly movie, playing with your friends and family and being physically active all are important to keeping momentum in your mood and life.
And if I can be of help in your career ‘defrost,’ don’t hesitate to reach out; my passion is helping job seekers unfurl the sails of their career stories.
Warmth and wonderment to you as you continue your journey!