Dealing with Job Search Discouragement
Remember though, you do have the daily choices: you can
either convince yourself you are looking into an empty future, or you
can believe that a better opportunity awaits you. I frequently tell
clients that the distance between terror and exhilaration, between hope
and hopelessness is often a fine line. Remember that frustration in or
even losing a job is simply God’s prod to go on to a higher level of
success. Here are 10 tips on how to cope after a job loss:
--- Find selective places to talk honestly about your feelings.
--- Increase your knowledge about the job-search process.
--- Define what you can control and what you cannot control.
--- Live each day fully. Take a fresh look at the success you have in areas other than work.
--- Do something for someone else. Volunteer time to worthy causes or organizations.
--- Build your own support system. Ask for help. Don’t hide out in the library all day and never let your neighbors know you are looking.
--- Do something creative. Joanne and I sometimes work on big jig-saw puzzles. You’ll find energy for the search if you give yourself creative breaks.
--- Maintain exercise and good nutrition.
--- Maintain hope and optimism. Set achievable daily and weekly goals. Do physical projects where you can see the results immediately.
--- Look for the larger meaning in this transition process.