Job search can be a very tiring and depressing task. The entire process of searching for new roles, applications, interviews, handling rejections can be so overwhelming and stressful that you can end up feeling unwanted and dejected. Searching for a job can also be a very solitary process, often leading to feeling of isolation. Looking for a new job is filled with constant emotional highs and lows and with battling the fear of the unknown.
Luckily,there are ways to better manage your feelings during your job search, so you can make the most of your interviews and land a new role. Here are 5 tips that will help you avoid letting your job search drag you to depression:
Create Structure and Stay Organized
It is very easy to lose structure in your life when you are unemployed. When looking for a new job it is important to create a structure so that you feel in control, sustain your motivation and keep thinking positively. Searching for a new job should become your new full-time job. “By incorporating structure into your daily job search, you’ll accomplish small motivational wins each day. The more organized you are, the less likely you are to become overwhelmed with the search”, – says Robert Carlson, a Recruiting manager at Bigassignments Perth.
When searching for a job, you need to persevere. Have patience with the process and make sure your expectations are realistic. Your entire professional life right now is focused on finding a new job, but the recruiters, hiring managers, people in your network, they might not be on the same page you are. A successful job search takes a lot focus, persistence and hard work. Try and stay positive as much as possible, and remember to maintain a good balance between job haunting and life, just as you would with any other full-time job.
Networking and building relationships during your job search process is absolutely essential. The connections you make by getting involved in groups can be very valuable to your career. Find associations, meet-up groups, clubs or online discussion forums that overlaps with your hobbies, interests or your career and get involved. Also try talking to your former colleagues or friends who might have useful connections to help you find a new role. Virginia Koch, an HR manager at Oxessays comments: “Don’t be embarrassed about reaching out to your extended network, both professional and personal, to let them know you could use their help in finding a new job. Remember that when networking, most people will be honoured and flattered that you want their advice”.
Ask For Support
If, despite all your efforts, you find yourself immersed in depression due to your job search, you should ask for professional help. There shouldn’t be any shame involved. If you’re feeling worthless, without purpose or angry, that’s a red flag. The job search can stir up challenging emotions and fears that can keep you stressed and unfocused. Simply talking through your emotions with someone can be an effective way of dealing with your anxiety, alleviate your loneliness and improve your self-esteem.
Take a Break
During your job search it’s very important to pace yourself. Even having a break from interviewing or job searching altogether can be a good idea and it will give you time to do an “internal audit”. “Use this time to rest and work on other priorities that may be beneficial to your job search, such as getting involved in different activities, volunteering or setting up coffee dates to increase your connections. While getting a job is important, keeping yourself healthy and happy in the process is also an essential long-term investment”, – says Caroline Guzman, a Career Advisor at Academized.
Searching for a new job is an intense process that can mess with your well-being. For most people, your career is closely linked to your identity, so you may feel unsettled and incomplete. However, you should not let your job completely define you, much more aspects of your life build your identity. Do not let your job search consume you. Looking for a job does not mean that you should go into depression. If you are aware that you might get depressed, use the 5 promising tips above to prevent it and remember that help is always available.