Stress Busters for Job Seekers


Eric Handler offers five tips that can help you avoid unnecessary stress during your job search.

Chances are, you have already discovered that searching for a job can be a very stressful experience. It might seem like there are far too many tasks to keep track of and too many variables that you can’t control. However, if you’re able to stay calm and composed during this stressful situation, you will find that your productivity and quality of life can be significantly improved.

Here are some ways that you can avoid unnecessary stress during your job search:

  • Just remember two things: You just need to define what you’re looking for, and then you have to connect with the right people who can help you get it. These are the two most basic tasks in any job search. When everything else starts to seem like it’s becoming too much, just focus on these two tasks.
  • Keep a positive attitude. Every job search is an emotional roller coaster. You might be hot on a job lead only for it to go cold. You might go through stretches where people do not return your calls. Unfortunately, this may be part of your job search journey, it will be much easier for you to manage your emotions during this turbulent period by keeping a smile on your face. No one wants to hire a grouch.   
  • Exercise. Exercise is an outstanding way to work off the stress of your job search, and also helps to keep you energetic throughout the day so that you can keep plugging away in your search.
  • Volunteer. If you want a confidence booster during your job search, find some volunteer opportunities and help make a difference in for other people in your community. It helps you to get involved and feed your interests. It may even provide you with networking opportunities. Best of all, you feel better about yourself.
  • Go on vacation. While it might seem like madness to take a trip in the middle of a job search, this is probably the best chance you’ll have to get away and re-energize. Don’t think of it as running away from your problems – think of it as a chance to gain a new outlook so that you can come back rejuvenated and ready to hit the job search hard.

It’s completely understandable if you experience stress during your job search, but if you keep these tips in mind you will find yourself much better equipped to manage it. Keep a positive attitude, get involved and take time to get away to help yourself stay on track and ready to find a great job!

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