Don’t Lose Your Mind While Trying to Find a Job
The process of job searching can be tedious especially if you’re sick and tired of your current situation. Many job seekers will spend countless hours hunched over a computer screen scanning and scrolling the latest job postings. This process can cause one to experience bouts of anxiety and depression and eventually take a toll on your mental health.
Trust me, I’ve been there before. I know how tough searching for a job can be.
I vividly remember my job searches because I often found myself relentlessly checking my email for responses and interview offers minutes after submitting my resume and application. I was so obsessed with finding another job that the process became overwhelming and unbearable. Something had to give because I was making myself physically ill.
If this sounds a lot like you, let’s look at some ways to make your job search less stressful.
First, remain positive. It’s important to be optimistic and hopeful during your job hunt. Place signs of encouragement on your desk or add a motivational screensaver to your phone. Envision yourself with the job you want, and remember to never, ever give up.
Next, implement patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Carefully look for a job that fits your career objective and skillset. Hire a professional resume writer who will polish your resume and highlight your best qualities and attributes. Sometimes we become so anxious to leave one job, that we don’t take the time out to invest in a well-written and designed resume. A resume speaks on your behalf because it is the first thing potential employers see before they even get the chance to meet you. If you don’t devote the time to invest in your professional development, you will be back to square one and job searching again. The cycle for “career happiness” will forever continue.
Another way to ease the burden of searching is to block off time to search and apply for jobs. While unemployed, I would only submit applications jobs from 8 am-12 pm. I found this to be extremely beneficial because scheduling job searches helped me add more structure and organization to my day allowing time to only check and reply to emails during the allotted slots. Limiting time takes away some stress from job searching. If I didn’t set those boundaries, I would have gone insane. Job searching is difficult, and I didn’t need any added stressors.
Last but not least, take the time to network. According to researchers at LinkedIn.com, 85% of jobs are found through professional networking. Take the time to interact with businesses and organizations via social media. Networking allows you to communicate and share your interests with those in hiring and recruiting positions. Remember the old saying, “It’s not what you know but who you know?” It’s true, especially during job searching. Networking presents a great opportunity to find jobs that may not be listed online.
Change your mindset, change your life.
Happy, Healthy Job Hunting,