Exercise and Its Effect on Your Job Search
You are treating your pharmaceutical job search like a full-time job itself, right? You are practicing a pattern of daily activities that include networking, cold calling, reading the employment section of the newspaper and surfing the Internet. You may even be maintaining your competitive edge by reading up on the latest pharmaceutical news. So, why are you ignoring your health?
When you are devoting most of your time to searching for a pharmaceutical job it can be easy ignore your well-being. Many of those who are actively looking for a job in the pharmaceutical industry state they don't have the energy to work out. The unfortunate thing is that exercise actually gives you more energy once you have established a routine. Additionally, physical activity helps you manage your stress levels. When you understand that your stress, when left unmanaged, can influence your job search you should begin to realize the importance your physical and emotional health when you are actively looking for a job.
Typically, researching and finding a pharmaceutical position takes at least a few months and staying healthy is essential so that you make the best impression you can when dealing with your networking contacts and potential employers. Some ways to ensure a positive physical regimen during your job search include:
* Get plenty of sleep! Go to bed and wake up at the same time every time.
* Try to engage in at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise between 3-4 times per week. This may mean a brisk walk, a tennis match with a friend, whatever gets you moving.
* Do your best to maintain a healthy diet. Try not to binge on junk food or eat at abnormal times through out the day. If you ate at specific times when you were working, try to mirror that schedule during your job search.
* If possible, try a new sport or exercise routine. When you step out of your comfort zone you increase your self-esteem, which in turn strengthens your optimism.
* Leave your house at least once per day, every day. It is important that you do not isolate yourself as this can lead to depression.
* If you are currently unemployed, allow yourself some time to reflect on the circumstances that led to your unemployment. Be realistic and ask yourself what you might do differently if given the chance. Once you have done that, move on. Never dwell on something too long. It is counterproductive.
When you are struggling with the decision to get up and get moving, consider all the networking opportunities you may uncover when you are at the gym, on the basketball court or in line at the health food store. That is reason alone to focus on your physical health, but remember that you need to recognize this time as a period of change. Change can be a great chance for you to overhaul your approach to life. Exercise can, and will, give you the energy to explore new opportunities and when you are healthy and have an upbeat mental attitude it comes across to everyone with whom you interact!
About the Author
Ryan Stewart is the Founder, Owner, & Administrator of the first-class Pharmaceutical Sales Job Search Megasite, PharmBoard.com.