[Get Hired in UX Course] Lesson #1 - Mindset
Keep your chin up and don't throw in the towel during the job search 💪
I know it can be a real drag and can make you want to pull your hair out. But let's be real, it's just a job search, not trying to cure cancer.
Job search is a marathon, not a sprint. So, make sure you're taking care of yourself both physically and mentally. Stock up on nutritious food, hit the gym or go for a run, and don't skimp on sleep. And when you're feeling drained, don't hesitate to take a break. Go for a walk, read a book, take a nap, whatever it takes to recharge your batteries and come back stronger."
I remember spending too much time focusing on job search activities, to the point when I started sacrificing sleep. As a result, my concentration worsened, my brain was constantly foggy, and it felt like I was in a permanent "zombi" mode. It negatively impacted my ability to write and articulate my thoughts during interviews. Do not repeat my mistakes and keep your feelings in check.
Let's talk about staying positive during the job search because it can be tough when you're not getting the responses you want or feel like you're not making progress. But remember, job hunting is a numbers game, and it takes time to find the right opportunity. One way to stay positive is to remind yourself of your accomplishments and set small, achievable goals.
Another way is to surround yourself with supportive and positive people, whether it's friends, family, or a career coach. And don't forget about your fellow job seekers in the Slack group, they can be great for encouragement and a fresh perspective. So, don't lose hope and keep pushing forward.
You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
- Wayne Gretzky
This is one of the quotes I live by. It's a reminder that taking action, even if it means facing rejection, is better than not trying at all. It encourages you to be proactive in your job search and not be discouraged by the fear of failure. Own your career, nobody else will.
Schedule regular breaks throughout the day to recharge your brain.
Make a list of activities that help you relax and switch context, and make sure to do at least one of them every day. E.g. go for a walk during lunchtime.
How to Think About Your Career (Medium)
How To Stay Positive During A Long And Exhausting Job Search (Forbes)
On Layoffs (Medium)
PS you can find my list of curated resources about UX career, including tips on job search, resume, portfolio, interviewing tips, and a lot more topics in my UX Career Resources Library.
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