5 Ways To Bring Mindfulness Into Your Job Search And Career Choices
Finding your career path can be one of the most difficult decisions you will ever make. It’s hard to know where to start, what skills you need, and how to choose the right career for you. The good news is that there are many resources available to help you on this journey. One tool that can be really helpful is mindfulness.
Learning how to bring mindfulness into your career search will help you find a job that aligns with your values, talents, and interests. Here are 5 ways to start incorporating mindfulness into your job search today!
Mindful Job Searching
You want to choose your calling carefully and choose your career right.
But as we know, the quest for a dream career is never easy. Luckily, there are many ways that you can bring mindfulness into your search process. Mindfulness is the practice of being present and focusing on the moment. It can be hard to find space in our very busy lives to take a step back from the day’s struggles and find peace within ourselves. But mindfulness can help you make better decisions, be more creative, and get ahead at work.
Mindfulness is an awareness of yourself without judgment or criticism. It’s about being aware of your workloads so you can be productive at work while also maintaining a healthy lifestyle outside of work. It’s about understanding who you are as a person before looking into what type of career will fit your needs best! To help keep track of this process, try taking some time every day for meditation or quiet.
So how do you practice mindfulness during your job search? Here are five ways you can start today.
1) Recognize patterns in your thoughts and use affirmations.
Are there any negative thoughts that keep coming up during the day? Maybe they’re worried or frustrated? Write them out on paper or into an app like Evernote so that you can deal with them later.
Affirmations are positive statements about yourself that can help encourage success. At night before bed, try writing down 3-4 affirmations about who you are and what your strengths are. Read them out loud, then say them again in your head as you fall asleep. This will help set up an environment of success for tomorrow morning! Previous affirmations could include “I am kind,” “I am confident.”
2) Try deep breathing exercises – slow, calming breaths–before starting your day’s work, between tasks at work, before an interview.
3) Spend time outside
Research has shown that spending time outside reduces anxiety and depression levels –two common emotions associated with job searches!
4) Journal regularly about the ups and downs of your search to stay grounded and clear about what’s happening in your life. You can take note of the positive steps you have taken towards your goal.
Or you can even create a vision board – this can be as simple as a collage of photos or as elaborate as a scrapbook filled with images and other objects that remind you of what you want for your future. These visual reminders will help keep motivation high and goal setting achievable.
“Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.”Rodin
5) Focus on gratitude!
Gratitude is an important part of mindfulness. It’s not always easy to stay grateful when times are tough. Bring some joy into your life and your job searching process by keeping a gratitude journal where you write down 3 things that made you happy or thankful during the day. It will help remind you of the good things in life and your skills and achievements even when times are challenging.
“We’re all filled with naturally recurring patterns that make us unique. They’re called talents. And our charge is to bloody well use them.”Marcus Buckingham
Get Organized With Your Job Search
The first step is to get organized. Begin by creating a list of your passions and skills. What areas of work interest you? Which skills do you have that can be applied to these types of jobs?
Next, create a list of the company’s values and beliefs in which you’re interested. Knowing what type of company you want to work for will help you find the right job when it becomes available.
Lastly, use your organizational skills to keep track of when and where you apply for jobs. Keeping track of the details will make it easier for you to follow up with companies when they contact you.
You have something unique to offer, and finding a company that values your skills is essential.
The Art Of Finding Your Perfect Career
The idea that your career must exist to make your whole life better can be a powerful motivator for you in your job search. As you are searching for the right job, remember that it should make every part of your life better. You want to find a job where you can grow both professionally and personally.
“Work is an extension of personality. It is achievement. It is one of the ways in which a person defines himself, measures his worth, and his humanity.”Peter F. Drucker
While this may seem like an impossible task, here are three quick things you can do today to set yourself up for success with mindfulness in your career search:
1) Ask questions about what matters most to you in the workplace.
2) Identify what kind of work environment would best suit your personality.
3) Think about what is most important to you in terms of work-life balance.
Before you start your job search, ask yourself the “5 Whys.” You can use this technique to discover what motivates you and what your values are. For example, if you’re asked why you want a new, more meaningful job, think about why you want it. Do you want to make more money? Do you want to work fewer hours? What else do you hope to accomplish with the change in jobs?
When deciding on a new position, reflect on these three questions to help guide you toward meaningful work!
Finding The Right Career Path Requires Self-Awareness Practice
Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not always easy to know what you want to do with your life. Part of being mindful in your search for meaningful work is being self-aware and asking yourself the tough questions.
You might think that this process is a waste of time because there are so many jobs out there that may be a good fit for you, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll find it difficult to feel at peace with any decision.
And while I’m certainly not suggesting that a career should only serve one purpose in your life, it does have a major impact on how you spend your day. So, mindfulness can help you make better decisions about how to invest your energy.
A good place to start this process is by identifying what you are passionate about. Write down all the things you care about most in life. Figure out what these passions are telling you about your skills and abilities. You might find that they point to an interest or skill set.
In order to be mindful during the job search process, stay open to finding something new and consider new ways of making things. Start by asking yourself some key questions:
- What am I good at?
- What kind of work am I interested in?
- What values do I want my work to align with?
- What activities do I enjoy doing outside of work?
- How can I help people and be of service?
- How can I improve the lives of others with my skills?
- What will fill me up? What is my true calling
- What skills can I develop in the future?
- Does this career opportunity serve my well-being right now?
This step will help you start narrowing down which types of jobs are best for you. Maybe you’ll find that you’re really interested in marketing, gardening, architecture, or medicine and should pursue those areas rather than anything else.
The answers will provide clues as to what an inspiring and fulfilling career might be right for you!
Choose A Career You Love: Match Your Talents To The Needs Of Others
With more people unemployed today than at any other time in our history, the search for a new career is a top priority. We all want to find a job that will make us feel fulfilled and help us to grow. But with so many factors at play—including our own idiosyncrasies—a simple Google search isn’t going to cut it.
Your career is where personal growth, contribution, wealth, quality of life all come together.
The age of the ‘ideal worker’ is gone. No longer can you simply do what you are told, stay in the same position for decades, and retire with a pension. The new workforce is all about being dynamic and adaptable. This means that careers are more fluid than they have been in the past. People are no longer content to stay in one position for their entire lives – they want jobs that provide them with opportunities to grow, learn, and change.
“Success follows doing what you want to do. There is no other way to be successful.”-Malcolm Forbes
So choose a career you love and one that combines your interests and talents: your ideal job should be something that excites you and is in line with what you’re good at, but also taps into who you are as a person. If it’s hard for you to pinpoint who that is, try some introspective activities like taking up meditation or yoga, or getting out into nature more often.
So How Do You Find Your Dream Job?
You start by being mindful of your thoughts, actions, and choices. If you practice mindfulness, you will know when something doesn’t feel right in your career, and you needn’t doubt that feeling.
When we’re applying for jobs, we’re usually trying to sell ourselves by highlighting what we’ve accomplished in the past. But when we’re mindful about our resumes, we take a moment to understand why our accomplishments happened—and what they mean in the big picture of our lives.
This helps us better understand who we are and what values drive us so they can show through in our ideal careers too!
You have a choice. Choose your career path carefully and don’t settle for whatever comes along. Your career exists to make your whole life better, to fund your life spiritually, emotionally, intellectually and to give you the means to increase your quality of relationships, environment, and your overall quality of life.
Happy job hunting!