One of the problems with job searching is the isolation, especially if you aren’t working right now. The days blend into each other, often filled with loneliness or a sense of emptiness as you pore through the job boards once again.
This is “Shrinking World Syndrome:” the tendency to fall into repeated patterns of inefficiency. As it continues, it gets harder and harder to think of ways to break out of the rut – and your world shrinks.
How can one combat Shrinking World Syndrome?
The biggest action to take is to get out of the house. At least once a week, make a commitment to get out of the house and – gasp! – around other human beings. In person. Face-to-face.
It doesn’t have to be a huge networking meeting, but that does fall into one of the possibilities. It can also be doing something you enjoy, or meeting one-on-one with an old friend for coffee. Volunteering at local charities counts as well.
The main thing is to encourage interaction at some level. Our world starts to expand when we share it with others.
How can I find other people?
Fortunately, there are more ways than ever to connect with other people. www.Meetup.com is great for finding groups of like-minded individuals, with groups for everything from business networking to Saturday morning hiking groups.
Looking for different non-profits? The Colorado Non-Profit Association (aka CANPO) provides a list of all of their members, which is more than 1,700: http://www.coloradononprofits.org/
Many LinkedIn groups also meet in person. Check with your group organizer to see if they are doing any events. Group members often post their events as well. Plus, you can ask the question to your group about what they like to do, and you will get a lot of quality answers. Great way to start a meaningful conversation and get to know your group members!
Speaking of associations, these professional organizations can help a lot to connect with other people. Most of them meet monthly and even offer discounts for volunteers. Jobing.com has a great list of associations in the Denver area: http://denver.jobing.com/org
What if my Shrinking World Syndrome comes back?
Fortunately, SWS is not fatal to your job search, so long as you make the effort to continue getting out of the house. Should you have a week that you just can’t make it out, be sure to make a plan for the next week.
Modern job searching is all about making quality connections. Embrace getting to know others, and your world will get bigger. Sometimes meeting just one person can change your life… but that can only happen if you make the effort to get out of the house.