Well-known fact: Job searching and being unemployed can be one of the most discouraging and ego-smashing things a person could ever experience. Rejection is common, and there is a tendency to end up in a very unhappy place.
Then, there's the chaos. If you've previously been working for most of your career in a full-time position, you're used to have the structure and routine to each day. Being out of work, you find yourself in a drifting miasma of "What do I do today?"
Someone once told me, "Looking for a job IS a full-time job. You need to adopt that mentality."
Here are some suggestions on how to chart your course, add some structure to your day, and give yourself definable goals to give you that sense of order you had within the workplace:
Dawn Rasmussen is the chief resume designer and president of Pathfinder Writing and Career Services.