Anyone who has ever job hunted knows that it's a full-time job in and of itself. Even if you're doing all the positive things to move a job search forward like networking, volunteering and informational interviewing, staying optimistic can be a challenge. People are left wondering why, if they're doing all the "right" things, isn't anything happening? Idealist recently re-posted an article with some great tips on how to stay optimistic.
- Create a daily routine - Research shows that nearly 73% of cancer survivors feel that employment gives them a sense of purpose and identity. A daily routine helps patients and survivors feel productive. Making an action plan with a few options can help promote a sense of control while you're in the thick of it.
- Connect with others - It's no secret that we're huge advocates of networking here at CAC, but connecting with others who have navigated a similar process can help reduce negative thought patters and instill a sense of hope.
- Self care - Be kind to yourself. Among the many reasons for stress during a job transition (finances, pressure from loved ones, feelings of insecurity & self-doubt), taking time to relieve stress is extremely important, even more so during and post-treatment.
- Remember: you are not your job search - Think of this time as a time of learning, exploration and growth in your life. Try not to define who you are by what is (or isn't) happening in the job search process.
If you haven't already, check out the following resources we offer to patients and survivors to assist in the job search process: Job Search Tools, Job Search Calls, Ask a Career Coach and Resume Review.