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Keep Momentum in Job Search

Almost everyone has to spend more weeks, months, or even a year looking for a new job. During that time trying to rebound from unemployment,
it's common for job seekers to experience bouts of stress, exhaustion and frustration.

Career consultants Diane Crompton and Ellen Sautter feel, "The rigors of job searching can challenge even the most upbeat, energetic professional. To have the staying power and resilience you'll need to succeed in your search, you need to maintain your emotional, mental and physical health."
 
In their new book Find a Job Through Social Networking, Crompton and Sautter offer a wealth of advice on how to maintain energy and enthusiasm and stay out of the doldrums during the career transition process. Here are ten of their tips:
 
* Take a break from your search periodically to re-energize.
* Plan some fun events that will make you feel good and build your energy and enthusiasm.
* Don't replay the negatives.
* Plan an activity at the end of your day that will serve as an incentive to maintain your focus and productivity.
* Realize that it's normal to go through a period of mourning for the loss of your job and allow yourself time for this. To move forward through this process, focus on next steps.
* Educate and enrich yourself: Read blogs, articles and books.
* Use your computer to get useful information and connect with others, but use it wisely. Too much computer time can be counterproductive and isolating.
* Run each morning or pick another form of exercise you will stick with. Getting regular exercise releases endorphins and helps you get through the challenges of the job search.
* Stay away from or limit your time with negative people. They can zap your energy and make it harder for you to stay positive.
* Be okay with asking others for help. Job searching is humbling, even for the most qualified professionals. Allowing others to assist you could make a big difference in your emotional support.
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