I’m finding out some fascinating things about managing your mental state during the job hunting process. Here’s just a few:
1. My emotions are very much dependent on other peoples’ behavior. I submit a job application, but then get no response at all – that’s depressing. I make a connection with someone who might be able to help – now I feel great. I look through job listings but can’t find anything – I’m depressed again. Partly this is just the nature of the game, but I think there’s a lot to be said for having a plan of attack and just sticking to the plan. I can feel good about meeting the goals I’ve set for myself, even if there’s no immediate payoff.
2. I have a LOT of balls in the air at any moment. Not only am I pursuing two largely independent possible career paths, but also giving presentations and lots of networking. I have to rely on my systems to keep from letting things fall through the cracks – what most worried me when my PC died on Monday.
3. It’s too easy to stay in my comfort zone. I’m not a great networker, so I have to force myself to pursue that – because that’s where my next job will come from. It’s too easy just to do stuff on the PC. Like blogging. 😉
And I can’t forget to take care of my health during all this, mental, physical and spiritual. So it’s now time to go have lunch with my wife.