Many of you are still in the trenches of looking for a job or attempting to leave a part-time position and get back to working full time. Days and weeks pass by with no result. As time goes on, you begin to feel discouraged and wonder if you will ever find a job that suits your needs and desires. I have been there and it is a dreadful experience. It seems like life is passing you by.
Maintaining good self-esteem during unemployment or underemployment is the number one barrier to overcome to get to the next level. The latest recession has caught so many off-guard without a “parachute” to fall back on. This downturn in our economy came fast and furious while disrupting many lives.
So what can you do to keep positive as you continue to look for work?
Here are some tips:
- Get a make-over. During this time you want to look your best. It doesn’t cost anything to get your make-up done at a department store. Check out a new hairstyle or buy a few new clothes at H & M to update your look. The point is to feel attractive and fresh.
- Step up your exercise program to get your endorphins up and your blood flowing; it will ease your depression, along with releasing stress. It doesn’t cost much to exercise. Walk more, buy a yoga mat and stretch and use some bar bells to build your strength. You don’t have to join a health club.
- Take your vitamins. Eat healthy foods. Stay away from potato chips and heavy sugar and salt items. Eat carrots, chicken and almonds. Add soy or almond milk to your diet. Our chemistry plays a large role on how we feel. If we feel better, we think better and are able to withstand our job search.
- Make time to laugh. Go see a comedy act. In Chicago there are many. Comedians have a terrific way of making us laugh at ourselves and will make you feel connected. You are not alone in your life. Lighten up and laugh. People like to be around others who are positive.
- Write down 10 traits that you have that are uniquely yours. We are all special in our own way and you need to capitalize on this to feel better about yourself. Part of the problem when looking for a job is that companies make you feel like you are “all the same.” Of course, you are not, but you need to know how you are different and be able to communicate this.
- Get out and meet as many people as you can. Make sure to bring your calling cards, so they can contact you. There are umpteen free events in Chicago, so there is no excuse not to get out there and keep meeting people. Networking is the number one source for getting a job. Referrals are coveted by companies.
- Get in touch with your spiritual side. You need to trust in yourself, so reach out to your higher power and spiritual guides (we all have them).
- Call a former colleague and meet up. Reminiscing about times when you were employed and successful will remind you of just how special you are.
We all know that being unemployed or underemployed is a challenge, but don’t let it define who you are and what you can offer. Consider it just a short detour on your life’s journey. You will soon be back on the road toward success, just keep at it.