I know, I know, you didn't see my weekly guest post last week....but I have a good excuse. Actually, several.
First, I had three - count them, three, phone interviews in the past few weeks. Fortunately, they came just before a really nasty cold last Tuesday, providing me with a great opportunity to get some rest and relaxation, because I think I was coming extremely close to getting burned out on the job search.
It wasn't major, nothing too hazardous - in fact, some of my freelance work has helped me avoid turning my job search into an addiction. In addition, you know the old adage that "looking for a job is a full-time job"? Well, since I'm juggling job seeking, caretaking for a sick parent (and let this be a plug for Ask Dr. Chill), trying to find the time to dedicate 6 - 8 hours solely to job seeking and networking is not always possible.
It means treating myself with respect, and to give myself enough rest and recuperation time. It means rewarding myself with a fun activity for every job-search success. It also means not diving headfirst into the every-single-minute-of-my-day-is-scheduled mentality that drives many other job seekers. It also means unsubscribing to the finger-wagging you're-doing-it-wrong-and-pay-us-for-doing-it-right career coach e-mail newsletters.
In short, it means following the golden rule of treating myself the way I would treat others. And when I do that, I find things are relaxing. As I type this, have just finished some follow-up notes for several interviews....and now, I can relax.