It’s the dead of winter and the only thing your body wants to do is hibernate, hibernate, hibernate.

However, there’s never a good time to put the brakes on your job search. So buck up and remember what you told yourself – 2016 is the year you are going to land that dream job!

It’s also important you maintain a positive attitude during your search. That can be tough to do this time of year, when you’re getting exposed to thimblefuls of daylight.

With this in mind, you should consider picking up a few habits to both move the ball forward on your search, and stay positive while doing so.

Get on an exercise routine

If you’re going to be on the hunt for that perfect job, it’s important that you get into the proper shape to take on this new challenge.

Start a daily workout routine that includes both cardio and strength training. Additionally, you need to eat properly. Consuming salty, sugary or fatty food might release endorphins and take your mind off of job search stress. However, a bad diet is ultimately a drain of your mind and body.

A healthy body works wonders in enhancing your body and spirit, while also setting up a more positive attitude to support you through your job pursuit.

Take time to relax

While you should resist the urge to lay on the couch and watch Netflix documentaries instead of pounding the pavement, it’s also important that you incorporate some R&R into your job search efforts.

If you’re currently unemployed, you should be looking at your job search as a full-time job, and like a full-time job – you need to incorporate breaks into your day in order to keep up your productivity. Also, most employers offer their employees paid vacation and there’s nothing wrong with taking a full day off your search and spending it socializing with friends and family. Being social also help you to tap into and expand your network, both of which can turn up new job leads.

The best way to incorporate breaks large and small is to set up a schedule that mirrors the typical day you had while working a full-time job, or were a full-time student.

Volunteer your time and skills

Doing volunteer work does more than add to the community or give you a warm and fuzzy feeling; it can also help you in your job search efforts.

First of all, volunteer work allows someone who is unemployed to keep their mind sharp. You may have fallen out of the daily rhythms of a full-time job and taking on a volunteer assignment can remind your body of the daily demands.

Second, prospective employers look favorably upon candidates who perform volunteer work. Seeing a history of volunteer work on a resume tells an employer that you can be thoughtful and industrious.

Third, doing group volunteer work allows you to meet new people and expand your network. This, in turn, can lead to new job leads.


If you’re currently looking to give your job search a mid-winter boost, feel free to give Cornerstone a call and ask how our team of career experts can help you land that dream job.

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