Reshaping Your Job Search

will-s-0209Now that the holidays are over, it’s time to focus all of your attention back to the business at hand, landing that next job. It is now estimated that the average person out of work can expect to be searching about 30 weeks. This is longer than it has been in decades. No matter where you are in your search, perseverance and a strong mental approach will be the key to getting through the challenge.

Getting in shape mentally and physically

Though the state of unemployment can be a very frustrating dilemma, it does offer the time to do some things that you might have not had the time to do in the past such as finally getting back in the gym.

Almost everyone I know resolves that they are finally going to get in shape with the start of each new year, only to cast those plans by the wayside weeks later. The biggest excuse seems to always come down to people saying they just can’t find the time to stay on course with those plans. Between jobs can be a time to prioritize and build this into your schedule.

First things first

If you’ve never actively workout before, proceed with caution. Consider a personal trainer to help you establish a routine that will be safe yet productive. If finances are a concern ruling out a personal trainer, at least discuss a workout plan with your doctor, especially if you have had health issues. Always remember that you’re not training to make the US Olympic team. You’re only trying to get in better shape and relieve stress.
Getting in shape doesn’t have to be expensive. Gyms are consistently offering very affordable rates due to stiff competition. Ask for limited use options such as three or four days per week. These will cost less money.

If joining a gym just isn’t an option, you can purchase a few items to set up a workout area in your home. The three key components to conditioning revolve around cardiovascular, strength, and flexibility training. An inexpensive stationary bike, elliptical machine, or treadmill will do fine for cardio. Start out easy at the beginning and increase your routine as you move forward.

Strength training can be a little tricky. Don’t be concerned about starting out heavy. You simply need to be focused on tone. A few light dumbbells will be perfect for this. Lower weight and more repetitions will increase definition to your larger muscle groups. The key areas are your arms, shoulders and back. Choose exercises that you are comfortable with while working these areas.

The easiest part of your routine is stretching and flexibility. The key areas of concern are your hamstrings and quads. A few minutes of stretching before or after each workout are usually enough.

Finally, don’t become consumed with your weight. Focus more on how many inches you’re losing and how much more invigorated you feel. Continue to change and modify your routine as you come along.

Employing a consistent workout strategy not only improves your life in general; it can also add a charge to your job search. You will have more energy and be more refreshed during the day. You’ll also have more ammunition to thwart stress and depression like-symptoms that are associated with extended bouts of unemployment.

Again, happy New Year and always keep you head in the game!

Wil Smith is a Business Consultant for Workforce Solutions in the Houston metropolitan area. Wil has collected over 20 years of expertise in the areas of Corporate Training & Development, Recruitment and Operational Management; with the majority of that time working with a Fortune 500 Corporation. He has also worked in the Sports/ News industry as a Reporter and Broadcaster.

4 Responses to “Reshaping Your Job Search”


  1. 1 Tina Wilson January 12, 2011 at 6:49 am

    Another great article Will! It is also a great time to exercise and develop your spiritual muscles. The treadmill always inspires me to pray. But listening to spiritual material …books on tapes, music makes all that physical work more fun. And having been unemployed before the way to face this and any other challenge is to get and stay spiritually fit!

  2. 2 ana (fish) valdez January 11, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I would have added to your article that while working out it allows you the individual to restore mentally and think outside the box and try to apply for jobs that one has experience in even though you have not done it for awhile. Because sometimes you just have to. but other than that yes starting the year off with exercise and restoring mentally is the way to go….

  3. 3 Valerie Goldsby January 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

    Very good advice Will. I will share it with my jobseekers as needed.

  4. 4 stephen Moore January 11, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Once again great Blog i will send this out to my crew “The Placement Team “


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