Work-life balance during job search

Work-Life-Balance during the job search

Anyone who has the feeling that they are working more hard to find a job and are under more pressure than they were in their professional life is certainly not alone. Such phases are particularly difficult to master because you can no longer rely on a given daily structure. There is hardly any recognition for one’s own achievements. In order to stay in balance, you need a good strategy and the right attitude.

These tips have proven themselves in coaching practice:

Process the separation

If you have not left your workplace voluntarily, you may still hold grudges or grieve. This is absolutely understandable and necessary for processing. As long as you are in this phase, however, you tie your energy to your past. Therefore, reflect constructively during this time: “What tasks and working conditions did I like or what would I do differently in a new position, e.g. when dealing with colleagues or superiors”. If you want to set off for new shores, it’s a good idea to “get rid of the lines”. Therefore, get into the reorientation process quickly so that you direct your energies forward and receive positive feedback from potential employers more quickly.

Daily structure

Give your everyday life a fixed structure, preferably based on the temporal rhythm of your previous working day. Determine exactly at which fixed times you work 5 days a week on your applications and how you spend your free time. To reduce stress and to support the release of happiness hormones, for example through regular sports, the cultivation of friendships, etc., you should also make sure that you have a good time.

Success diary

Since you will hardly receive any praise or recognition over a long period of time during your job search, or you will not be able to demonstrate work results, it is important that you praise and reward yourself. You should also recognize researching employer addresses, sending documents, mastering telephone interviews, etc. as partial successes on the way to your new job. The best way to do this is to use a book in which you list your successes on a daily basis, for which you then regularly reward yourself with something nice such as a visit to the cinema.

Further training

Have you always wanted to do an English, IT or rhetoric training course? Then now is the right time. Not only will you receive more know-how and a certificate, but you will also be able to give your everyday life more structure with fixed appointments, have exchanges and regularly receive positive feedback on your work performance. Sometimes these training contacts unexpectedly lead to a new position.

Private Supporters, Coaches, Career Consultants

Look for people who are in a similar situation to you and try to strengthen each other and give feedback at regular meetings. Tell as many people as possible in your environment about your desire for change / job search. Perhaps your neighbour or hairdresser not only has an open ear but also a solid contact to your next employer. However, avoid people who criticise your reorientation wishes and weaken your efforts.
Coaches and career consultants can also help you to become clearer about your strengths, values and goals. In addition, they can give you a realistic picture of the job market and important contacts to headhunters and employers.

Therefore check who binds himself eternally…

Take your time and rest when choosing a new position and not the first vacancy where you might run the risk of getting sick again after some time, losing your job or working in conflictual structures. Is the long-term career direction in this position right for you? Is it a side step? If so, how do you want to and can you argue this later?

Birgit Loeding

published on 17.03.2014 in the career blog at the online job portal for medium-sized businesses: