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How To Reduce The Stress In Your Job Search

How to reduce stress in your job search

​Looking for a new job can be an exciting journey filled with ups and downs. However, it is not uncommon to feel stress and anxiety during your job search.

No matter your personal situation, you can take steps to overcome these feelings of stress and anxiety and succeed in your job search. These suggestions may help.

Keep Your Eyes On The Prize.

During economic uncertainty, it's important to remember that your job search may take a little longer. Stick to it. You'll get there eventually and find a new job that makes you happy.

Your job search is temporary, so see it that way and be sure to remain patient.

Be Positive

When you're looking for a new job, it may seem like it will never happen and sometimes feel hard. Hang in there. Take steps to make it easier, like setting up a job search routine and looking for jobs at a specific time every day.

Reward yourself when you find a new position to apply for, send your application and take time away to do things you enjoy, like exercise or spending time with friends and family to ensure it doesn't become monotonous.

Be Organised

Break your job search into manageable chunks, and break big goals into smaller, more manageable ones.

One example could be by writing down all the wins and highlights from your past positions and planning to update your CV and cover letter. Once you've updated, these take those changes and update your LinkedIn profile.

Use these points to reflect on what would make you happy in a job.

Research, Research and Research Some More.

Being unprepared for your job search can lead to stress and negative thoughts. Take some time to research different paths that you could take in a potential new position, look into the types of culture that companies offer, and weigh up whether you would enjoy it or fit in.

Remember, It's Not A Race

Unless you are fortunate, finding a job is something that will only happen after a while; if you don't get an interview or hear back from your first few applications, that's fine. Review your CV, cover letter and application forms and see if you could improve anything for next time.

Consider the person on the other side too. A Hiring Manager or Recruiter may get over 250 applications, and it could take time for them to get back to you.

Stay Upbeat

When you're not seeing as much success in your job search as you thought you would is when self-doubt and negative self-talk can creep in.

Studies have shown that negative thoughts can significantly impact your motivation and performance. However, if you counter this with positive self-talk, you will perform and feel even better. Do what you can to stay upbeat and positive whilst looking for a job. Employers will take note.

Celebrate Your Wins

Anxiety can set in when you don't look forward. Make sure you take stock of how far you have come on your job search.

Look at the positives; if you have had a few interviews, even if you didn't get the job, celebrate what went well!

Remember to stop and think about what you've done every now and then, as this can give you a much-needed boost of confidence to carry you through the rest of your job search.

Have A Day Off

Our jobs are a massive part of our lives and identity, but we are. So much more than just our careers. We are Dads, Mums, Husbands, Wives, and Grandparents, to name just a few.

Take a break if your job search is getting you down. Do something you enjoy, like grab a drink with friends, walk the dog, and go to the park to help escape your job search stresses.

Moving On From Job Search Stress.

Finding a job is challenging, and each job search comes with unique challenges, but remember, you will find something. Be prepared, organised, patient and positive, and you will land the job you want, and you may even enjoy the process.

If you are looking for a new role, Employment Solutions can help. Our team of recruitment experts are positioned to help you find the perfect job. Check out our jobs page today,or give us a call.