Being a job seeker is one of the most stressful experiences to go through in life. In fact, it ranks 8th on the Top 10 list of Most Stressful Life Events. And even after you find a job, starting a new job can be even more stressful!
Well, it is no secret that life is hard so it is important to know the right times to take a day off from job seeking. This is the best day to take a break, recharge, get your wits back, absorb, and process everything that has happened.
Use this day for mental health, to keep yourself from obsessing, and to stop thinking you need to apply to every job on the Internet.
The best day to take a break
We are talking about the day people call Hump Day: Wednesday (unless you have an interview). Of course, you should take weekends off. The hiring managers are not working, so your full-time job of job seeking should take the weekend off, too.
What makes Wednesday such a good day to take a break
Over the last five years, hundreds of articles were posted on topics such as:
In these posts, the one day that never comes up is Wednesday. Somehow, Tuesday, Friday, Monday, and Thursday are all great days to apply and interview according to some study. But there is another reason Wednesday is such a great day to take a break.
You end up doing more than you expected while resting
Think of a work regimen that involved taking a day off after only two days of work. You would hardly feel as spent and stressed out as you would job searching from Monday to Friday.
Ironically, studies show those who take Wednesday off end up naturally filling it with other things to do, which is a healthy way to take a break and get your mind off the stress of a job search. So, even though you are “taking a break”, you are still keeping busy.
And finally, in the last five years, another debate sprung up: “Why work weeks should be slashed to four days”. The day everyone in favor of the shorter week thinks should the extra day off? Wednesday. This is constantly mentioned as the best day to help a person recharge and finish out the work week. Others state a 40-hour work week would be easier to achieve if people had Wednesdays off (working 10 hour days on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday).
Try it for yourself
If you are a job seeker, schedule a Wednesday off and see what happens:
- See if you feel compelled to go out and meet people at events
- See if you end up spending time with family or friends
Monitor how you feel while job seeking on Thursday and Friday, after your break on Wednesday. See if you notice a change in your energy and actually work harder at finding jobs later in the week, more than you did the week before.