Job search requires discipline and structure. You have to treat is as if it is your full time job. Hanging around the house won't cut it, there are too many distractions. GET OUT OF YOUR HOUSE.
I can't take credit for this idea…a professional job coach recommended that job seekers find a friend with extra office space and ask if you can use it. Of course it has to be the right friend, with the right office. Just imagine the feeling if you were to actually get dressed and out of your house to report into an office. The benefits include:
1) You are holding yourself accountable
2) Your body and mind begin to develop the sense of routine they crave
3) There is a sense of self-worth
4) You will be forced to interact with other people who are working
5) You won't be distracted by household responsibilities
6) Family members won't be able to ask you to do favors for them as easily
7) You won't be overlooked or forgotten
I am sure there are other benefits too. The important part of this is that you get into a productive routine-no excuses.
Here's what I bet many of you are thinking…I don't know anyone with extra office space or I am embarrassed to ask. Get over it, of course you don't know and are embarrassed. Just start asking. It is a small favor to ask of those who truly care about you. Just ask!
IF, and this is a last resort, you can't find space, where else could you go? The library, the coffee shop, identify a spot and use it as your new office! Pack your laptop, cell phone and charger, office supplies and take off!
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.