1. Structure your day.
Sleeping late, surfing channels in your pajamas, grazing at the fridge, doing crossword puzzles and otherwise “taking it easy” will neither help you find a job nor bolster your confidence once you realize how much time you’re spending in NOT being productive. Finding a job is real work. Set up a schedule for yourself on week days and then follow it.
2. Keep up with your industry.
Staying on top of what’s going on in your field helps you feel connected to the work world and let’s you know that you won’t be caught short in upcoming interviews when asked about some latest industry challenge, product, service or trend.
3. Know your strengths.
Not sure what they are? Ask yourself questions like “What do people come to me for?”, “Why do people seek me out?” Get a copy of NOW DISCOVER YOUR STRENGTHS (Buckingham & Clifton), take the on-line 20-minute self-assessment and you’ll have a whole new perspective on your gifts and talents.
4. Listen to motivational CDs while you’re driving.
What better time to keep yourself “up” as you listen to ideas from the pros about how to market yourself, how to come across positively, how to interview, etc.
5. Hang out with optimistic, positive people.
The doom-and-gloomers are no help to you and can bring you down fast (even if they are well-meaning relatives).
6. Do some volunteer work.
Not only will you have opportunity for new networking contacts, but you’ll have something to talk about besides your job search. And helping someone else creates a good feeling in your soul that’s hard to take away.