Looking for a new job can be one of the biggest stressors of a person’s lifetime.
Having the tools in place to move through the process with courage and grace can make the experience less tedious and can even help you land that dream job! Remembering to practice mindfulness during this time can make all the difference.
There are a lot of to-do steps for job hunting that you can find anywhere on the web leaving you to feel overwhelmed. Any advice is hard to implement if you’re not in the right mindset and feeling frazzled. It’s important to be clear headed and open minded when job hunting.
This is where mindfulness practices can be incredibly helpful. An important suggestion to be mindful through your job hunt process is to make lists. Lots of lists!
Listing things out helps to organize your thoughts and worries and can give you a fresh perspective to help limit overwhelm. When you are overthinking, fear can take over and keep you frozen in place. This is the exact opposite of what you need.
Here are some simple things you can list out to keep your peace of mind as you job search:
- Characteristics of your dream job
- Towns you’re willing to travel to for work
- Careers that interest you
- Connections you can network with
- Any emotions you may be feeling during the process
- Websites to visit for research
- Self care tasks you can do to help see you through
- Things you are afraid of happening
- List out all the things you’re grateful for
- Make a list of all the lists that may help you focus!
The simple act of writing out these thoughts, visions and emotions is a powerful form of mindfulness that can help put you at ease. When you’re at ease and feeling less stressed, you can remain focused for longer periods of time. This means, more research gets done, more connections made, confidence levels are higher and more applications filled out.
This only increases your odds of finding the job you want. You can potentially do better in interviews too, if you’re not a bundle of nerves.
Know you’re not alone in this stressful experience almost everyone has to go through multiple times in their life.
With mindfulness on your side, you can feel empowered to remain patient and optimistic throughout the process. Good luck, and happy minding!