The search for a new job can sometimes feel like a challenging yet tiring game of ping-pong: you keep popping the ball out there, and the universe keeps firing back rejections. Unfortunately, there are no sure things in the world of employment, which means however good your intentions are you can still end up hunting for work after weeks of trying.
At this point, many people might give up and keep on with the unsatisfying job they have, or accept an offer from a firm they consider only second best. How can you discipline yourself to keep sending out top-notch applications day after day in such circumstances?
First of all, you need a structure. Without any sense of how you’re doing or what it’s all for, you’re really just walking into the wind. Start out by making a list of the reasons you need to be disciplined – the heartfelt values that are what fuelled your job search to begin with. These can be a great touchstone when your energy is low.
Next, think about laying off the alcohol for a while. How many people do you now who are failing to fulfill their potential because they walk around in a fug? When alcohol is in your system, your inhibitions are lower – which makes you more likely to give in to temptation. A pint with lunch makes you far less likely to go that extra mile with your applications in the afternoon. And drinking in the evening impacts the quality of your sleep – which can actually impair the way the part of your brain that deals with self-control functions. Net result, tomorrow you are less likely to take all the steps you promised yourself to find that dream job.
This new visual guide from CashNetUSA details a number of other techniques you can use to strengthen your resolve while you chase your dreams. Put these on your to-do list, and you’ll soon find yourself sending out a winning shot.