Coping Skills for Anxious Job Seekers

Jul 23, 2021

5 Min Read

Easy Tactics for Handling a Stressful Job Search

Job searching is not an easy task, even for the most experienced and confident people. Not only are you worrying about the different hiring procedures of different companies, you also need to find a place where you’ll be challenged, engaged, and respected.

If you’re jobless, the stress can be counted with concern about how long you will remain unemployed, how to pay the utility expenses until you are hired. In addition, the calendar where your job titles, application approvals, and interview schedules aren’t in the pipeline increases your stress.

Vital facts for Job Search Anxiety

“People are anxious for different reasons,” said Dr. Janet Scarborough. There are some reasons behind anxiety to search for jobs and tackle those pressures. They can be counted as following;

Getting Overwhelmed: Feeling overwhelmed by how big a project it seems to land a new job.

Tactic: To do an effective job search, break the entire project into manageable tasks. Each one completed will take you nearer to the success that you seek.

Worry About Insecurity: Disliking the feeling of insecurity about how long the job search will go

The way forward: Shift the relines away from the outcome and stick on the part that you can control.

Feeling bad About Not Getting Hired: Telling yourself failure notions (“No one will want to offer me a job” or “There are no suitable jobs”)

The way forward: Find motivation by reading success stories about people who have overcome difficult times to land employment. You can also recharge your energy toward fundamental steps that increase your obstacles to landing a job.

Guidelines for Managing Job Hunting Anxiety

Take Care of the Details First

Another way to end some of the stress involved in job hunting is to look after everything required to be done on time.

  •  Don’t waste time and apply for unemployment.
  • Look back and get motivated by having complete preparation during and after the job for a stable benefit.
  •  Develop a captivating Resume and compelling cover letter and can be customized according to each application.
  •  Timely review your social profile skills and experiences, particularly on LinkedIn.
  • Always try to get some of your best references as experience and trust to increase winning chances.

Get Organized

Your search will be stressless if you manage it and behave it like a job. If you’re out of work, assume it is your full-time job. If you’re hired, schedule part-time hours to spend job searching.

When you have a plan in place, it will help reduce the pressure because you’ll be keeping know of what you’ve done and what you need to do next.

Focus on suitability

Keep in mind that your job search isn’t just about the company hiring you. It’s also about whether the employer is the fittest for the next step on your career ladder.

When you find a job that’s a good fit, the procedure can be more exciting than stressful especially if you get the offer!

Rehearsal and Organise

Spend time for job hunting, even when you’re happy in your current position, and you don’t have to. With this approach, you’ll keep your resume up-to-date, interview skills can enhance, and self-confidence have a high chance to build up.

Practice saying it in front of a family member, make a video of yourself to see how you are doing, or say it in front of a mirror. The more comfortable you are talking about yourself, the more confident you’ll feel.

Apply For a Job (or Two)

 Don’t waste time on so many applications at a time, but don’t apply for only one. Apply for at least two. It will increase your way of choosing a more reliable job and risks. On the other hand, more job applications mean you will lose time for preparation. Search well about the company where you are going to apply.

Practice Answering Interview Questions

Try to practice common interview questions frequently. Watching interview videos will also help you in preparation.

Know Job Search Process 

Don’t expect to find a new job overnight, though that can happen. For most job seekers, it’s a process, not a one-shot deal. You probably didn’t get the first position you applied for, but that means that it wasn’t the job for you.

Don’t consider one single opportunity. The more jobs you are seeking, the higher chances you’ll have and get an offer. So don’t stop applying until you’ve achieved a new position.

Take a Break

Though job searching isn’t a quick and instant process, smartphones and the internet make it easier, faster, and reliable. But the most important thing is to take a break and refresh your mind to understand applications better.

The more you think about it, the higher your pressure level will be. So instead, stick to your job searching, take breaks.

Do something that gives you more joy and pleasure. Frequently doing this break will make me more active, which helps for job searching.

Get Support and Assistance

One of the best ways to downsize your pressure is to talk with friends. You can get some good words and support if you share your pressure with a career support group, friends, or family.

If your pressure harms you, remember that you’re not the first one with a difficult time. If you need more help, your career counselor or primary care physicians will likely refer you to a therapist who can help you.

Think as Opportunity

One of the best ways to tackle a job search from a positive perspective is to consider your job search an opportunity to get to the next level of your career, rather than as usual.

“Your career is about more than one opportunity, interview, or company,” said Jonathan Carter.

Several reasons in a job hunt can cause anxiety, but there are different methods to reduce stress and take control over it. You might never consider job searching fun, but at least you might be able to turn it into a positive experience rather than a hard one.


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