For most people, your career is your sense of purpose and is what drives you. Therefore, when we hit a roadblock it can cause uncertainty, leading to heightened levels of stress.
You may even feel a sense of disappointment, or that you’re letting others down, like your parents or your partner. This can have a negative effect on us if unaddressed.
If you’re feeling this way, then don’t fear. Here’s our advice on how to manage stress while job hunting.
Make a plan
The chance to catch your dream career is just around the corner; all you need now is a plan. Think about what kind of job you’d like to secure next and do your research into the steps you need to take to get there.
Create a schedule and plan your day as if you were at work. This should include setting aside time to work on your CV, your cover letter, your LinkedIn profile and set yourself small goals.
Whether it’s applying for ‘x’ number of jobs or attending ‘x’ number of networking events, setting up these goals will enable you to accomplish small victories each day, which keep you positive, motivated and one step closer to finding that new job.
Don’t burn out
On the flip side to having a plan, we often get caught up in the rush of it all to find a job quickly. Yes, spend your day productively by sending out emails, attending interviews and working on your CV, but don’t burn out in the process. Allow time for breaks.
Go for a run or a walk, attend a class or find an exhibition. This will release endorphins, help you to relax and allow time for you to check in with yourself and make sure that your internal needs are being replenished.
Getting a job is important, but nowhere near as important as keeping yourself healthy and happy.
Find ways to earn a little extra money
While looking for a full-time job, there’s nothing wrong with finding part-time work or looking at ways to earn an income while you’re waiting. Even a small amount of income can help ease the stress over paying bills.
Working a part time job will occupy your time, enable you to learn new skills and introduce you to new people who may know of better opportunities.
Similarly, you can cash in on any clutter and sell the stuff you no longer want or need. If you have a spare room, you could even consider renting it out on Airbnb to gain a little extra cash. This can help take the pressure off a bit while you continue looking for a full-time job.
Facing numerous rejection emails or spending days without hearing anything back can be deflating. It’s a challenging time for you and one that should never be spent alone.
Bottling up your emotions isn’t good your health. Instead, turn to a friend or family member who cares for you and can remind you of your self-worth and value. They can not only offer out advice but also just generally be there to support you through this difficult time.
Sometimes, even just talking through your emotions with another person can be a great way to alleviate stress to get you back on track.
Job hunting can be a difficult time that can take a toll on your emotions. Following these tips will allow you to take control and make sure that this time in your life is nothing more than a minor bump in your road to recovery.
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