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Take a Break From Your Job Search

Steve Berman

February 26, 2010

6. Visit the Local Coffee Shop

Here’s something you can do that not only gives you a break, but keeps you searching for jobs at the same time. Unemployment and disposable income rarely go hand-in-hand, but it costs relatively little to grab a coffee and hang out for an hour or two at a café, and most coffee shops (the independent ones, anyway) have free Wi-Fi.

Not only does heading to an Internet café get you out of the house, it’s also an energizing experience that reminds you there’s a world out there. Maybe it’s the caffeine, maybe it’s all the people working away on their computers, but the environment at a coffee house is usually pretty lively and conducive to getting things done. Plus, unless your life is an episode of Friends, visiting a café is a temporary activity. At some point you’ll leave and go home or to the store or wherever. Meanwhile, hanging out at home day after day, sending out countless resumes from the same spot on your couch, makes you feel more like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.

Remember, you won’t be unemployed forever!

Don’t be afraid to change things up every now and then. Remember, you’re a human being whose life isn’t solely controlled by whether or not they have a job interview that day. You will get a job eventually, especially if you give yourself a short, productive, revitalizing break every day. Your job search won’t just be more pleasant, it will be more effective, too.

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