Here’s my life at the moment: every week, I sit for hours on end looking for job offers. From company’s websites to job portals or professional network sites… you name it, I’m on it. I scroll and scroll, open countless tabs, quickly scan through the job offer for any major things (e.g. do I like it? Do I meet the requirements?) and then either keep it or close it again. Then, when I finally have an okay number of offers, I switch from searching to applying mode. I tweak my CV, write an application letter (does it still make a difference, actually?), write an email that reflects who I am and press send.
Then, the silence and the waiting around for an answer.
As you may know, the waiting around is the hardest part of applying for a job EVEN if you, like me, spend your time in sunny places or travel to meet friends, family or to have fun experiences. Don’t get me wrong… I do think it is a privilege to be able to go the beach, enjoy an ice cream in the sunshine or travel anytime I want, BUT this is also done while carrying around that smartphone with an empty email inbox.
So, to break this cycle of waiting and wondering when the right opportunity will come along, I decided to make small changes in my life to keep me sane or from checking my inbox every 30 minutes. I want to write about how I feel and what I do, as I am traveling and looking for a job. The good, the bad, and the not-sure-if-this-is-depressing-or-hilarious.
Here are the small changes:
- I will start exercising daily. Today was day one and I went running. Sure, it was less than a 20-minute run because I am terribly out of shape, but I also got the morning’s fresh air, left the house, and felt like I accomplished something before 10.30am.
- I will start paying more attention to what I eat. If you know me, you know that even though I have a bunch of food intolerances, I am a rebel (haha). I can’t give up cheese or the occasional pizza, but lately I have been getting in an unhealthier rut where I don’t care as much as I used to about my body.
- I will write on this blog regularly to keep myself accountable for those two things.
- I will read/learn something about my professional area every (week) day.
And, to show that I mean it, here is what day one – today – looks like so far:
Applications sent: 1; Rejections received: 1
Sports: 15 – 20 min run, 40 min walk, climbing 10 floors. Healthy meals: All! Yogurt with granola and fruits for breakfast, salad for lunch. Bbq for dinner, but that can still be healthy… right? 😉
How I felt when I realized how out of shape I am… vs. when I reminded myself that I at least got started!
And my not-too-shabby morning run views!
And that’s it for now! Do you have any tips for me on how I can kick myself out of bed every morning and keep going with the healthy changes?