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Schedule Fun As Part of Your Job Search Process

Are you new to the Job Hunt? If so, ask an Experienced Job Hunter about his/her job hunting process. More than likely, the experienced Job Hunter will tell you that a Job Hunt Process is critical. You’ll learn that you can get “burned out and fed up” with your job hunt if you don’t have some “fun time” scheduled into the Job Hunt.

A Job Search is Difficult in a Difficult Economy

In this economy, a job hunt takes longer and requires extreme diligence and a huge dose of endurance. Competition for every job is greater than we’ve ever experienced and the jobs are few. Even when and if the economy strengthens, a job hunt remains at the top of everyone’s “Frustration List.”

Frustration Is Unhealthy

We all know that frustration grows unhealthy emotions. The frustration becomes stressful to our bodies, our minds and those who live with us. Kids and spouses certainly have enough stress in their lives, without our frustrations adding another layer of stress and fear.

So, what to do? Get control of your job hunt and your life outside of the job hunt. It’s easy to get lost in the web of job search. But, at the end of the day, the job will still be there and the person with the most positive, confident attitude will win the job search.

Enjoy Life

What does this mean? Enjoy life and those in your life. Spend a couple of hours each day doing something you enjoy and you’ll have a more positive attitude.

If you’re like me and just about everyone else, you’ve learned that there’s only a certain amount of time in a day that you can endure and effectively search for a job. If you search 7-8 hours a day, that’s equivalent to a full day’s work and a clear path to frustration and burn out.

It’s All About Process

Need more time for your job search? Think about your job search process. You’ll find that a structured job search is much more productive than the “hit and miss” method many people utilize. Set up a timed schedule of events, such as:

    • Fixed percentage (25%) of your time on internet searches;
    • Equal amount of time networking with any and everyone who might suggest a job or a contact. This includes attending networking meetings, professional meetings, social gatherings and even your kid’s PTA meetings.
    • Schedule time to learn or volunteer. Consider taking a class to enhance your professional knowledge. Or, volunteer in a non-profit where you can meet other professionals and hopefully, the Board of Directors. It’s surprising where and when new opportunities will pop up and this is a good way to fill the blank spaces in your resume when you’re between jobs.
  • “Fun time” should be scheduled in the same percentage as job search efforts. If you’re scheduling 25% on internet job searches, 25% on networking and 25% on volunteering or job enrichment activities, then 25% should be scheduled for pure enjoyment.

What is Fun?

    • Fun time can be anything outside of the work and job search arena. Spending time gardening, playing ball with your kids or taking a walk with your spouse won’t cost anything, and you’ll be much more relaxed and invigorated by doing so.
    • We all know that stress and frustration produce unhealthy bodies. Scheduling “Fun Time” relieves those unhealthy burdens and makes the job search more endurable. It also does wonders for the stress levels of those who care about us and see us struggling daily to find that elusive job.
  • Fun time is positive and confidence building. Any recruiter can tell you that candidates with positive attitudes and high levels of confidence are much more likely to get jobs than those who appear stressed out or lack confidence in themselves or their abilities.

So, produce a schedule of activities for your job search and stick to it. Just be sure to include some “fun time” and you’ll see that the job search playing field is leveled and maybe just a little slanted towards you.

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