Job hunting is tough, no doubt about it. The seemingly endless cycle of scouring the job boards, looking to see if you know anyone at the company, chasing down leads, networking, applying, waiting, interviewing, waiting some more (or not hearing back at all) can be draining. Possibly the worst part is the uncertainty of knowing when your work will pay off. It’s a journey that can sap your energy and tax your spirit.
It’s crucial to acknowledge the difficulty, to embrace your emotions and even find solace among fellow seekers who share these struggles. Fear, frustration, anxiety, disappointment, even anger are all valid responses.
Yet, what if there were a way to free yourself from the rut, inject some enjoyment into the journey, and uplevel your energy and spirits? If like attracts like, the potential benefits could be substantial. I’m not talking about toxic positivity, but a brief departure from the monotonous “when will I find a job?” mindset – a break that can be hugely rejuvenating.
As Albert Einstein famously observed, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”
If you are longing for a different perspective and a bit of lightness, here are ten experiments to consider. Are you ready?
1. Think of the people in your network (professional or otherwise) who don’t yet know each other but who would get along famously. Introduce them.
2. If you’ve spotted a job that would be a great fit for someone you know, pass the job along to them. You could even let the recruiter know about your friend (with their permission, of course) and introduce them to one another.
3. Mentor someone – a STEM student, someone who wants to know more about your area of expertise (doesn’t have to be work-related) – find a way to share what you know.
4. Pick three values you cherish in the workplace. Write and publish a LinkedIn post about each of them.
5. Is there someone whose work you really appreciate? Write a LinkedIn recommendation for them. Don’t wait to be asked – just do it.
6. Start a new exercise or mindfulness program. Keep it simple and sustainable – like 20 minutes each morning. Stay with it.
7. Invite someone you know but haven’t talked with in a long time for a coffee or lunch, in-person or virtual.
8. Ask for help. Could be Silent Unity’s prayer line, could be your own spiritual community. Don’t go it alone.
9. Give yourself some time away from the job search. Go play. You get extra points for something you haven’t tried before.
10. If you’re not working, do some consulting or take an interim or part time job so you feel a sense of control with money.
Do any (or all) of these with zero expectations. Do them with an attitude of curiosity and fun. You’ll come to see that it’s not the actual results but the DOING that is such a powerful antidote to the seemingly endless WAITING of job searching. Plus, it feels good to connect with and help others.
What you’re feeling is understandable. But by elevating your thinking / feeling nature, you may see things in a new way. And maybe that could help get you to your destination (a new job) faster. At the very least, you’ll find yourself in a different level of consciousness.
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