Staying in shape for that job

Published on: 6 Oct 2014


Finding the right job in the veterinary profession can take time and effort, so it’s important to stay as positive and as upbeat as possible.

With that in mind, here are four ways to keep your energy levels high.

Body and soul

If you already have a fitness routine, fine – but you don’t have to run 10km every week to stay in shape. Any light exercise, including a walk in the park, will help to lift the spirits, the key is to make it a regular ritual.

If you’re going for an interview with a potential employer or recruitment consultant, make sure you allow some time beforehand for a short, relaxing walk where you can regulate your breathing, take in the sky, trees, birds and other people around you, and remind yourself the world is a beautiful place.

Rest and relax

Looking for a job can be hard work, so you’ve got to make sure you get enough rest – quality hours of sleep will make you feel more energised.

Cut down on coffee, tea and other stimulants in the evening and try 15 minutes of meditation instead. Find somewhere to sit quietly and try counting your breathing in and out.

If you prefer, you can listen to some light music or follow an online meditation exercise – there are plenty to choose from on YouTube.


Even if money is tight, you can try and eat well. After all, a lot of the good stuff (vegetables, fruit and nuts) costs less than meat, processed food and takeaways.

But eating well doesn’t have to feel like you’re depriving yourself, so have a treat every now and then. You will feel lighter and more nimble if you’re well nourished, and you’ll project a fresher image as well.


It’s easy to get disheartened when on the jobs trail, so you need to pace yourself.

Have a strategy, talk to a recruitment consultant, network; do all the stuff that you know can help, but also schedule in some time to practice a hobby, join a community group, help a neighbour – anything that makes you feel good and benefits others will increase your stamina and give you the strength to carry on.