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5 ideas to handle the stress of a job search

2/17/2020

5 ideas to handle the stress of a job search

A job search can be a lot of work - physically, mentally and emotionally. You often need to get through those various difficulties to find the right position, and there's not a lot you can do to reduce the amount of actual legwork that goes into such a search. But you can make the mental and emotional ups and downs easier to handle. 

The following steps will help you manage any stress that develops in your job search so you can feel better about it - every step of the way.

1) Don't let yourself grow impatient

One of the biggest issues many people have with looking for work is the waiting game, according to MediaBistro. It can take days or more before you hear back about your resume, a few more as your interview day approaches, and still more time as you wait for confirmation of the hiring decision. While it's perfectly natural to refresh your email every five minutes, try to refrain from doing this; it will only increase your stress levels and won't deliver any additional benefit.

2) Find better ways to spend your time

Instead of worrying about when that critical email will arrive, you can put your energy into other things, such as continuing your search elsewhere (even if you really want that one job you applied for) or double-checking that you've done everything you need to for a given application process, MediaBistro added. That way, you won't even have much time to worry about whether that hiring manager got back to you.

3) Identify what makes you stressed in the first place

Of course, everyone has their own individual likes and dislikes about the job search process and if you have things that really make you stressed out or uncomfortable. Try  to find ways to reduce those concerns, according to The Muse. When you can identify what your biggest issues are in the first place, it becomes easier to you can address them.

4) Don't make it your full-time job

It's said that "finding a job is a full-time job" - but experts agree that's not actually a good approach, The Muse noted. Instead, it's a better idea to set aside one or two hours a day to the effort and not make it your sole focus, because that's what leads to stress and impatience in the first place. This is especially true if you're looking for work while you already have a job; you don't want to burn an additional 20, 30 or 40 hours on top of what you're already doing.

5) Have one place where you do your job search work

Another great way to make sure you keep everything in perspective when you're looking for a new position is to give yourself a dedicated space, according to career expert Kourtney Whitehead, writing for Forbes. Whether that's just a specific room in your home or a table at your favorite coffee shop, if you make sure that's the only place you do "job search stuff," you'll feel less stressed about the process generally.

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