It’s the perfect month to be Stress Awareness Month because we’re all definitely aware this month! Being aware of your stressors is good, though. Now that you can see what causes stress, you can approach it the right way and not let it affect you negatively.
Handle your stressors with a plan.
“Failing to plan, is planning to fail.”
In my case, this step was so disheartening. There wasn’t anything available in my area for what I needed. If you’re finding this to be the case in your job search, take a step back, and breathe. Things may look dismal, but you’re viewing from afar. Don’t let this search impact your view on your potential home.
If there are lots of available jobs in that area, this is the perfect opportunity to look at the next level of your career. Look at jobs that are slightly above your current level, and see what areas you can work on until you move. As you strengthen these skills and qualifications, add them to your resume, and always have your resume current. A month before your move, start submitting your resume to positions that you’re interested in.
Keep yourself connected to a community.
You may be leaving the community that you’ve built over the last few months or years, but with social media, you’re not truly leaving it. Stay connected to those you’re close with. Just having a friend to talk to really helps diffuse any stressful situation.
In the meantime, start connecting yourself to your new community. If you have those orders already, social media is a great way to get connected to a new area, even before you get there. Don’t forget, these people have been where you are and can give insight on the area, as well as prospective jobs and activities.
Make sure your LinkedIn is up to date. Networking is the number one way people find jobs, so this is a platform you do not want to neglect. Especially if you find yourself in that situation where you don’t see a lot of jobs in your new area. You never know who you’ll connect with that might be your next co-worker. LinkedIn is also your best bet if you’re applying to jobs ahead of time. It gives you the opportunity to connect to and learn about companies in the area.
Take advantage of your Employment Specialists. They’re here to help you every step of the way by connecting you with the right jobs, crafting your resume, and building the skill sets you need to stand out. They understand the job woes that you have, including a PCS, or career change.
Take time for yourself
Lastly, take some time for yourself. It seems counterproductive to stop working amidst the endless to-do list, but if you’re completely worn out and stressed out, how useful are you for the thousands of things that need to get done.
When you let stress into your life during your job search, PCS, or everyday life you begin to feel overrun and exhausted. Allow yourself to step back by following your plan, getting connected, and allowing for a little bit of me time; you’ll be surprised at just how fast the stress fades away.
Written by: Zaneta Padilla, Marketing Content Coordinator