Job Hunting? Start with a workout. Run, work out, and sweat. A high-stress job search keeps emotions racing between panic and despair. Exercise keeps emotions level and energy high for what is likely to be a marathon event, says Cynthia Robbins-Roth, who runs BioVenture Consultants in San Mateo, Calif. It can take six months to more than a year to find the right position," she says. "When people feel depressed about how things are going, they stop taking care of themselves and it shows."

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  1. Assess your finances. "It's important psychologically to figure out your financial situation at the beginning of the job search," says Lathe Haynes, a Pittsburgh psychologist who specializes in high-level career moves. "People live on a lot less when they're not working, and they may be amazed at how well they can do."
  2. Talk to your family. Help your...

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