Having Fun With Your Job Search

I’m always better at accomplishing tasks when I’m having fun. For example, I can’t clean my room unless I’ve got some Otis Redding on. The song “Try a Little Tenderness” makes sweeping my floor a whole lot easier.

So, how do you make job searching, a task that’s almost nearly as detested as cleaning your room, fun?

Here are a few tips:

  • Have a hot beverage with you. Make a big pot of tea or coffee before you begin pounding out cover letters. Even if the job search is overwhelming you, you’ll have that warm cup of joe to bring you back to the present. If you’re looking to really make it wild, add whipped cream.
  • Little Victories. Write down every good thing that happens to you, whether it’s a new lead, a new contact, or a phone call returned. People tend to forget about the small steps in the job search.
  • Do something active before you work on applications. I don’t like to begin big assignments until I’ve done some sort of exercise. It will take the edge off and you’ll have some nice endorphins flowing through your brain.
  • Set a timer. This isn’t necessarily a tip for having fun while job searching, but more to help you not get stressed out. Don’t let yourself get sucked into a black hole. Tell yourself that you’ll search job boards for 45 minutes, set the timer, and go at it for that time. You’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish when you have set deadlines.
  • Update that wardrobe. Retail therapy isn’t always the solution, but looking for job interview clothes is something that can be both beneficial for your career as well as fun.
  • Go big. If you’re feeling like you’re really in a slump, get those creative juices flowing. Design some business cards, start a blog,  make a video resume. This guy sure had fun.
  • Find new places to network. Meet a lot of people. There are a bunch of places that list events going on in Boston. Chances are that you’ll find something that is remotely related to your career. BostInno has events specifically for networking.
  • Sharpen your skills. Learn some DIY projects. Teach yourself how to code (It’s free!). Boston Public Library has lots of educational events. These are fun ways to sharpen your skills and make yourself more employable.

Job searching can be extremely stressful, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a little fun with it.

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