Job searches, especially if you’ve been unemployed for an extended period, sometimes feels like someone has suddenly dumped you in a blender. Your whole world is radically shaken up and you can’t quite reach the button to turn it off. I know. I’ve had three prolonged job searches in my career. Sometimes I wondered if I really needed to build that much character and that much resilence.
My career coach repeatedly told me to give myself permission to regularly take time off from my job search. I struggled with that for a long time. (I’m a reformed AAA personality.) Aren’t you supposed to treat job search like being in a job? But, she was right. Like magic, I was instantly refreshed. New ideas and new approaches suddenly appeared to me. My conversations with people were fresher and more focused. I really did need that time off.
So give yourself permission and schedule your Fridays off (ok, Friday afternoons if you are a AAA personality). Do anything you want. But, do it without any guilt or misgivings. Giving yourself a break is the best thing you can do for your job search and your life.
P.S.: This post was originally written on a Thursday and I took my own advice and took that Friday off too!