Keeping the momentum with your job search part one
It can be challenging to keep your motivation up day after day when looking for a new job or when changing career. Managing fears and feelings, having a clear goal and vision, upskilling and using creative approaches are key. Rachel Brushfield, a specialist in career change management gives her advice:
Managing fears and feelings
- Keep a diary of your thoughts, feelings, achievements, frustrations and learnings.
- Write down the worst thing that could possibly happen, the likelihood of it occurring and ways you would successfully address it.
- Write all your frustrations about your situation on a piece of paper and then burn it.
- Jot down the negative things you say to yourself and give them characters. Give them a name and picture what they look like so they make you laugh and think more positively when they appear.
- Channel your frustration positively; dig the garden, punch a punch bag, write a poem etc.
Goal and vision
- Visualise your goal and imagine how you will feel when you have successfully achieved it.
- Revisit your goal and write down all the blocks to achieving it. Brainstorm ideas with a friend how you can overcome the blocks.
- Write down 10 positive things about your skills, qualities and experience that make you marketable.
- Write in the present tense the vision for what you’ll be doing in future; what you’ll be feeling, hearing and seeing.
- Create an image board of the job/work you desire and choose words and images that you like.
- Write a list of your achievements.
- Update your skills and knowledge – read books, trade magazines, surf the net.
- Get a mentor.
- Think of something you’d like to improve and identify someone who is skilled at what you want to be good at. Spend time with them and find out what it is they do.
- Brainstorm new approaches and try at least one new one each week.
- Think of someone you admire. Imagine how they might tackle the challenges you are facing.
- Create a job description for your ideal job.
- Offer to do a project for a friend’s business to get some experience and get a reference.
- Create a memorable short phrase that summarises what you do.
- Stay positive most of each day and allow yourself to have a 15 minute ‘worry and anxiety break’.
- Celebrate your achievements, however small every day.
- Write down daily 3 things you have to be grateful for including things you may take for granted.
- Write a list of all the positive aspects of your situation, e.g. time to think, not being stuck in rush hour etc.
- Write a list of all the things that don’t cost money, don’t hurt anyone and which give you pleasure and do one a day.
- Write down all the positive learnings from your current situation and the benefits of these and how they will be useful in future e.g. more resilient, persistence.
- Remember that persistence is the no 1 factor for success – if what you are doing isn’t working, try something else.
- Recall a positive experience from the past every day that makes you feel good.
- Think of a time when you successfully overcame a challenge. Reflect on what you did and what enabled the positive result.
- Create a file containing positive e mails, cards and keep adding to it. Look at it when you need a boost.
- Recall a time in the past when things didn’t go as you originally planned or envisaged but how in hindsight, it all worked out for the best and better than your original vision.
- Create a structure for each day and week and incorporate activities you enjoy in it.
- Create a list of the things that if you do them each day, make you feel resourceful and positive.
Making the most of time
- Write down all the things you have not got around to doing in the house & garden. Do them one at a time.
- Do the jobs around the house that niggle you or your partner/house mates complain about.
- Visit a friend, neighbour or family member you haven’t seen for a while.
- Review your computer filing system – re-do the folders and sub folders so it is easy to find things.
- Have a clear out of your paper files and improve your filing system.
- Sort through your photographs and clearly label them with names, places and dates.
- Do something new every day e.g. explore a road in your area where you have never been down.
- Clear out the loft.