How To Get Out of Your Executive Job Search Rut

by Meg Guiseppi on January 30, 2013

Overcome job search inertia

Inertia can set in, when you’ve been in a prolonged job search.

Finding a good-fit job is exhausting and particularly daunting these days.

You want to give up, but you really can’t.

You want to at least kick back and ignore it for a few weeks, but then you’ll lose ground and may not get back up to speed.

Inertia may just be part of the process, but it’s the part that you most need to fight against.

Here’s some help to get you motivated, recharged and in the right frame of mind to keep moving forward any time of year.

Nan Russell gives you 7 daily tips (one for each day of the week), in her Job-Hunt.org article, Recharge Your Week for Your Recovery from Job Loss.

Here’s her advice for Monday, often the hardest day of the week to get going:

“Monday: Not motivated to market yourself today?

There were times you didn’t want to go to work when you had a job, but you still did. Now you’re working for yourself, so do something. Anything. Find something on your to-do list that you can accomplish quickly. Keep going. You’ll be glad you did.”

On the Work Coach Cafe blog, Ronnie Ann offered a long list of excellent re-energizing tips in 12 Ways to Stay Sane After a Job Interview, including

“Try putting your extra energy into doing extra things for people you care about. Hard to stay too obsessed about the interview when you’re obsessing about…I mean doing something wonderful for a loved one.”

In another Work Coach Cafe post, Handling Those Job Search Blues, Susan P. Joyce advised:

“Don’t job hunt in solitude.

Find a local job search support group and join it . . . ‘Misery loves company’ is an old cliché that is true, and with “fellow (job seeker) sufferers” around you, it will be obvious to you that you aren’t the only one struggling. You aren’t the only one who isn’t getting 100% (or even 50%) call-backs. And you may learn more about how to job search effectively – social media, job boards, local networking opportunities, etc.”

Related posts:

16 Ways to Stay Motivated in Executive Job Search

7 Ways To Stay Sane in Your Executive Job Search

Say NO to Social Media . . . Sometimes

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