by Ruth Lincoln, Senior Assistant, INALJ DC
Step-up your job hunt with more steps
“Job hunting” bears little resemblance to the “hunting” of our primal ancestors. We both may forage for the biggest prize (cavemen: meat and fish; recent library grad: a tenure-track position with benefits), but the librarian’s hunt burns fewer calories. All that resume tweaking, cover letter writing, and online networking can translate into a lot of sitting.
The only certainty of a job hunt is the stress. That said, you’re better off taking a few breaks to manage your stress and making some healthy choices than burning through each day. It’s always best to make time for exercise, but there are lots of easy ways to sneak a few extra steps into your day. These small changes can take your hunt to the next level.
One classical element that fueled the cavemen will also energize your job search. Drinking water not only hydrates your skin, organs, and your brain, but it makes you walk…to the water source and the restroom.
…but a little at a time
I love a big water bottle when I’m out and about, but during the day, I like to keep it to a small 8-to-16 oz. cup. That way, you’re drinking constantly throughout the day and walking frequently to refill your glass.
Exit the bus/subway one stop earlier
When the weather’s nice, I like to complete my daily errands on foot. But even exitibg public transportation one or two stops early can make a difference. It’ll only cost you a few extra minutes, and the fresh air can be a nice reprieve.
Park farther away
If you’re car-dependent, take the parking spot farthest away from the entrance. Whether it’s the grocery store or your next interview, it’s some extra distance to tackle.
Network in person
LinkedIn and virtual committees are great time-savers, but they’re no substitute for the quality connections face-to-face meetings provide. Stop by your next local ALA or state event.
Set up reminders
There are lots of free apps that prompt you to take a break every at specified time intervals (20 minutes, 60 minutes, etc.). You can set up reminders to stretch, walk, grab some water, or just get some fresh air. These “mini-breaks” leave you refreshed and ready to tackle the next job application!
Invest in a pedometer
Fitbits and the like are everywhere today, and they’re a great (but sometimes pricey) way to seriously track your steps. These devices provide the motivation and friendly competition many people need to get moving. Watch out for a sale or Craigslist if you don’t want to pay full price.