Someone I know just told me that she lost her job and is now in job search mode. We are making plans to meet so that I can show her the ropes and offer encouragement. Her announcement got me to thinking about whether there is one thing that is universally helpful to all job seekers.
Everyone needs a resume, but how to put it together becomes much more complicated. No, I am thinking much simpler. Working provides a set structure to our days, our weeks. We have to be at work at a set time on certain days. Even if you work from home, you still most likely have to follow a schedule of some sort.
I decided early on during my time in transition that I would set my alarm every day at 7am. This seemed like the perfect time – not as late as I would like to sleep because I am not a morning person, but not too terribly early. I left my alarm on every day of the week even though when I am working, I turn it off on the weekends. I wanted to keep myself on a standard schedule.
This decision gave me focus, it kept me from staying up late on a whim to read a book or watch a movie. It got my days started and I settled into a routine that gave me purpose. I had a mission to be productive every day in some way.
Now my friend has school age children, which automatically gives her days structure, and requires her to rise and shine to get them up and out the door for school. But she will need to be careful to refocus her days on pursuits that will help her to achieve her goals once the school bell has rung.
That alarm is a call to action every day – rise and shine and meet the day. Get ready for work, for school, or for activities that will get a person back in the workforce. One of the best things about getting back to work was that first weekend when I could again turn off my alarm and sleep in Saturday morning.
Beth Anne Reed has a background in Customer Relations, Process & Project Management and a deep interest in Written Communications.
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