Pump Up Your Job Hunt – Go For a Run

“We’re going to pump (clap), you up!”

This phrase was yelled by Dana Carvey and Kevin Nealon during several Saturday Night Live skits where they portrayed Hans and Franz, two Austrian musclemen.  Job seekers could take a hint from these two individuals – exercising during your job search is important.

Daily exercise has several beneficial perks for those in the job hunt.

  • Daily exercise provides structure to one’s schedule.  The job hunt is often hindered without a daily game plan or hard deadlines, this lack of structure can hamper one’s job search.  By knowing you have a daily commitment that you need to schedule each day, it can help one organize other parts of his/her daily schedule.
  • The job hunt is filled with stress and one of the healthiest ways to handle stress is through exercise.  Put down the comfort food, no need for the booze to mellow the strain, no expensive spa treatments here…go for a run, shoot some hoops, or swim some laps instead.
  • Exercise can help you in your appearance for interviews.  Employers like to see energetic candidates.  There have been studies that show individuals have less positive impressions toward older looking and heavier individuals – by daily exercise, you can recapture some of the energy of your youth!
  • Your overall health will also improve with daily exercise – and if you are unemployed, avoiding an expensive trip to the doctor or possibly losing some weight to where you do not need heart medication or blood pressure pills could be a financial plus.

If you are in the job hunt, consider incorporating exercise as one of your daily routines along with networking and sending in applications.  We all say that we would exercise “if we had the time”…take care of yourself both physically and emotionally and start that exercise regimen.  “Listen to me know and believe me later” (Hans & Franz) – you will be glad you did.


About Kevin Monahan

I have 10+ years experience in coaching clients in their career management and career change efforts. Personal career consulting services combined with employer outreach to help find opportunities for both constituents.
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