Daylight savings hits on November 5. And with it, more often not, a personal energy crisis.
Until we adapt, the shorter days can throw a wet blanket on the enthusiasm needed to search for full-time work or a new opportunity.
At The Bagg Group, we’ve been actively listening to job candidates for more than 46 years. So we get the November factor. That’s why we put together a list of tips from our expert recruiters on how to keep going when the days go short.
Manage your energy, not your time: Everyone has times throughout the day when their energy peaks and slumps. Chronicle your bursts and dips so you can work in sync with them.
Often, we set a daily schedule of tasks that is counter-productive. When it comes to time management, it’s standard to follow a lot of one-size-fits-all “shoulds” that may not fit us. For example, a lot of people set mornings aside to accomplish their toughest tasks because it’s said we “should.” This is a great plan for those who are at their best before noon. But if you’re not, go with your own flow, even if that means flipping your to-do list and completing the easy stuff first.
Follow your energy, you will be far more productive and less stressed.
Own your day: Being interrupted happens, but some interruptions you can shut down. Take this situation. Many people want to take a break at around 3 p.m., and look for a chat. If that happens to be the time you rev up, close down the chit-chat and say to yes something more valuable — your concentration. The same principle applies to checking email. Do it only during dips in energy, not when you have some momentum going.
Do what your good at, and problem-solve what you’re not as good at: Energy is sparked by confidence and positivity. And by the way, those are enormous assets to bring into an interview or a meeting with a contact.
Energy happens when we feel good about ourselves. Nothing drains us more than feeling incompetent.
That’s not news for anyone. Still, it’s common to dedicate much of our time to slogging through tasks that don’t speak to our competencies. What if there was another way?
At The Bagg Group, we champion agility, it’s what we’re known for. This means we’re creative problem-solvers. And it’s why the best companies in the GTA are longtime clients – they trust we’ll find a solution to any challenge that comes our way. On a personal note, every Bagg Group recruiter and staffing expert in each of our five divisions will be the first to tell you they’re energized by being creative and innovating.
Try out agility for yourself: Here’s an example of how being agile can help your day-to-day when looking for work. Maybe you struggle with cover letters; they take you forever, you dislike composing them, and sometimes you miss a deadline just because you just can’t face writing one. Do you prefer talking to writing? In that case, ask yourself: “Why am I good for this job, what proof can I give you, what experience can I highlight?” Speak your thoughts out loud, and record yourself on your smartphone. Next, transcribe your recording. Now, instead of confronting a blank screen with the feeling you’d really rather be sleeping, you have something to edit. Editing is easier than starting a cover letter from scratch.
Here’s another way you might problem-solve your challenge. What if you wrote a rough draft, without worrying about quality. Just put down what comes to mind about why you feel you’re a good fit, as per what the company is looking for in its job posting. Then ask a friend for help! If you’re uncomfortable doing so, barter for assistance. Cook a dinner in exchange for a friend’s help in shaping your draft of a cover letter. It may sound like such a simple plan, but still many fail to reach out for support and input that we know to be energizing. Think about it this way, if you organize a dinner in return for help, you’ve just turned the dreaded task of writing cover letter into a supportive social occasion. That’s a pivot!
Be flexible, there’s energy in action: Geoff Bagg urges job-seekers to live by this motto: Doing something is better than doing nothing. This way of thinking is a game-changer, and Geoff knows it from years as CEO of The Bagg Group which has placed more than 60,000 people over its history.
If you have lost steam, do something different –look for volunteer work, or check out listings for temporary or contract gigs instead of full-time work, or set an entirely different goal for your day — make it to find a networking event or to do something positive for your physical and/or mental health.
One thing you can do is check out our job board –Between Bagg Professional, Bagg Technology Resources, Bagg @ Your Service, Bagg Managed Resources and Turn Key Staffing Solutions, you may find just what you need, long or short-term, to get you fueled up.
Gene Hayden, author of The Follow-Through Factor: Getting from Doubt to Done (Random House), is a career coach and writer-in-residence for The Bagg Group