While you're looking for a job, there are a number of actions you can take to maintain positive peace of mind.
In a recent piece, Yahoo HotJobs' Heather Boerner talked about the five most common mistakes people make when job hunting that affect their prospects and emotional well-being:1. Not recognizing their feelings. Losing a job is a major stresser. Aside from the obvious effects on your financial security, there are all those feelings of low self-esteem and despression to deal with. Don't ignore the feelings. Accept them and get on with the business of getting a new job. 2. Don't make your only goal just getting a job. Make smaller increments your goals. Boerner recommends:
- Instead of "I will get a job in X field this year," try "I will send out five resumes this week."
- Instead of "I will have three job interviews this month," try "I will call five people for informational interviews today."
Toni Bowers is the former Managing Editor of TechRepublic and is the award-winning blogger of the Career Management blog. She has edited newsletters, books, and web sites pertaining to software, IT career, and IT management issues.