5 Tips for Eliminating Job Search Stress
The number one cause of stress in the US comes from job-related issues. Searching for a new position can be especially stressful—not only can being out of work take a toll on your bank account, but also your self-esteem and confidence. Then there’s the pressure of an interview and the anxiety caused by wondering if you got the job or not.
No matter what you do, your job search will inevitably be a little stressful, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. Whenever it starts to feel like one, take a mental chill pill by practicing these four stress relief tips:
Identify the source
While you may think the job search process as a whole is stressful, chances are there are actually one or two specific things that are causing you the most anxiety. Or perhaps you feel unsure about how to format your resume, or maybe you’re freaking out about that upcoming interview. Take a metal look at what it is that’s causing you the most angst and take time to focus on improving that area. Conduct some research on how to create the most effective resume. Ask a friend to do mock interviews with you for practice. If you face your fears head-on, you’ll likely come out the other side feeling much more confident and less stressed.
It’s easy to feel overwhelmed and pessimistic when you’re stressed. Counter this mindset with some positive thinking. Make a list of the moments in your life that have positively impacted your career. You’ll be surprised at how this will calm your nerves as well give you a boost of confidence. Additionally, remember that rejection is inevitable during the job search process. When you experience rejection, turn it into a positive learning experience by requesting feedback from the hiring manager on areas where you can improve.
Take some time to organize your job search by developing a system to track your progress—create a spreadsheet that lists which companies and positions you’ve applied to, the date you applied, your contact at each company (if any), and the status of each application. If you have more than one version of your resume, be sure to note on the spreadsheet which version was sent. Having all this information organized and in one place will not only help you stay on top of your search, it will also eliminate that awkward and inappropriate question, “can you remind me which position this is for?” when a potential employer calls.
Talk with a mentor
Taking to someone you trust when you’re feeling down and stressed can help you blow off steam and also provide you with a new perspective. Call up someone you look up to and discuss how you’re feeling and brainstorm some solutions and an action plan. Sometimes all it takes is an outside person looking into your situation to help you figure out how to improve your search and in turn, reduce stress.