Before starting any job hunt, it is critical to have as much energy and enthusiasm as possible. Whether you have lost your job, or you just want to find something better, I always recommend taking some time off to rest, relax, and reflect. One of the best ways I have found to re-energize myself is to do something outdoors. Be it a walk on the beach, a hike, a bicycle ride, or going to the pond to watch the ducks, I have found that doing something outdoors does a world of good for my mental state of being. It helps me temporarily escape my daily problems and best of all…it is free!
Personally, I love taking long walks to reflect on my current situation.
It is amazing the ideas I can get as a result of just taking a walk. Like you, there are times when I can get disgusted over a situation or an outcome. To overcome this frustration, I try to dissect the situation by asking myself questions such as Why did this happen? What can I learn? How could I have done it differently? Where did I do well and how can I improve? How will going through this make me a better person? By answering these questions, I always end up feeling better.
Don’t Be Afraid to Be Honest With Yourself
If you have lost your job or if you are unhappy in your current career, try to understand why. Be objective with yourself. Sometimes the truth does hurt. However, it’s better you learn now, so you can avoid similar situations and outcomes in the future. There once was a time when where I almost got fired. This was my first job as a manager. I was so focused on wanting to impress upper management that I was totally failing in my management duties. Luckily, my boss at the time suggested I have my employees conduct a review of me. When I did this, I was shocked at the comments my employees made about me. They wrote statements such as “Didn’t go to bat for us” and “Doesn’t listen to our needs.”
Until I went through this process, I had no idea that I had become the type of boss for whom I myself had always hated to work. Fortunately, I had the opportunity to learn from my mistakes and correct them before I got fired. From then on out, I have always had my employees review me. Thankfully, my reviews have always been better ever since. However, not everyone is fortunate enough to be given a second opportunity to learn before losing a job. If you fail in this category, or if you just are flat miserable on your current job, ask yourself some tough questions that will help you move on to success.
Ask yourself questions such as, Where can I make improvements? What do I really want in an ideal job? Where do I want to focus my energies? What can I do differently in the future to have a better outcome?
Look Past the Negatives
See all of the positives you have experienced throughout your career. Summarize your learning experiences. Ask yourself what you liked most and what you liked least about your last position. This will help you focus your job hunt.
Ideally you want to find a job that maximizes the things you like most and minimizes those you like least. While this is such a simple concept, people often fail to take into account their true likes and dislikes. Then they wonder why they end up switching jobs or getting fired every two to three years. By taking the time to rest, relax, and reflect you get a better perspective on your current situation and gain the energy you need to succeed. You can then jump into your job hunt with the excitement of a lion being fed a nice juicy chunk of meat.
Sonal Aurora is director and co-founder of Top Recruitment Consultancy India. Perfman HR is a premier HR Consulting & Recruitment Company Founded in Mumbai, India. We are an inventive and dynamic Human Resource Company specializing in Executive Search, Performance Management, Assessments, Recruitments, Training, Learning & HR Solutions.