“I’m running a marathon.” I have to keep saying it over and over to mentally prepare myself since I’m running it this weekend. I’ve never run more than a 5K before I started training for this back in May. And while I’m seriously freaked out by the pain that I will endure come Sunday, I am thankful to my friend who sweet-talked me into running on her team.
As in any typical marathon metaphor – I am going to share with you two key reasons why the training has helped with my job search.
Thanks to a running training schedule I’ve had some form of structure during this job hunt. It is entirely too easy to sit in front of your computer all day long searching for opportunities or clicking the refresh button for your email hoping someone has finally found your resume. Making a schedule to run and sticking to it ensures time away from your computer. Obviously this is good for your health too. No one wants to hire a lawyer who looks like they are already tired and burnt out – so get out there and be healthy.
We have to pace ourselves in this job hunt – it isn’t going to happen all in one day. You can’t call all your networking contacts at once and you can’t get out all the job applications you would like in the next two days. So, pace yourself. Making smaller goals to meet the end goal will make you feel better about the process along the way. Rather than staring at a long list of things to do – break it up into smaller tasks so that at the end of day you can feel like you accomplished something rather than beating yourself up for not getting everything done. I’ve also found when I have too much in front of me I am unable to do any of it and just sit there like a deer in headlights. So, pace yourself.
Alright – it’s Monday – set up some sort of schedule, pace yourself, and have a good week!