I gain so much inspiration from my clients each and every day. With their permission, I’m passing along some of their best practices for coping (even thriving) during these challenging times.

"Keep my job search narrowly focused." The “throw spaghetti against the wall and hope it will stick” job search approach did not work when hiring was strong, so there’s no reason to believe that it will work now that hiring has mostly stalled. It’s a waste of time and may leave you feeling defeated. Instead, set a goal of submitting to only those positions that very closely meet your job target criteria. For many of my clients, that’s about two applications each week right now.

Instead of spending hours searching, spend the time on your own health and wellbeing. View self-care as the most important part of your job search process. With a healthy body and a positive mindset, you’ll be better prepared to compete when hiring picks up.