Navigating stress while job-hunting

Category: Candidate

Job hunting, far from being a simple task of submitting applications and attending interviews, can become a rollercoaster ride of emotions, anxieties, and uncertainties. Whether you’re employed and looking for something new, or in between work and in need of a new opportunity, searching for a job can be a stressful task to take on. 

Stress is something the majority of people deal with everyday but it’s how we manage it that matters. While job hunting, it is crucial to maintain well-being and stay productive to secure the perfect job. 

Here are our tips for navigating the job hunting process without letting stress get the better of you: 

Establish a Routine 
Creating a daily routine can provide structure and stability during a period of uncertainty. Set aside specific times each day for job searching, networking, self-care activities, and relaxation.

Practice Self-Care
Make self-care a priority by engaging in activities that promote relaxation and well-being. This could include exercise, meditation, spending time outdoors, or indulging in hobbies that bring you joy. Don’t feel like you have to spend 100% of your time job hunting, it’s ok to take a break from time to time. 

Set Realistic Goals
Break down your job search into manageable tasks and set realistic goals for yourself. Celebrate small victories along the way, such as sending out applications, receiving responses, or securing interviews.

Seek Support
Don't hesitate to reach out to friends, family, mentors, or support groups for encouragement and advice. Sharing your experiences with others who understand can provide valuable perspective and emotional support.

Stay Organised
Keep track of your job applications, networking contacts, and interviews in a centralised system such as a spreadsheet or a dedicated planner. Staying organised can help you feel more in control of the process.

Focus on What You Can Control
While there are many aspects of the job search process that are beyond your control, focus on the things you can control, such as your CV, cover letter, and interview preparation. Channel your energy into taking proactive steps towards your goals. Are there any courses or training you can participate in to enhance your skills?

Take Breaks
It's important to take regular breaks to rest and recharge, especially if you're spending long hours job hunting. Step away from your computer or phone periodically to prevent burnout and maintain perspective.

Contact a recruitment agency
Finding a job on your own can be a long and stressful road, so getting in touch with a local recruitment agency, with consultants who can offer support and guidance, while joining your job search can be invaluable. Stressful tasks are often handled better with a team, instead of on your own, so registering with and regularly speaking to an agency will help, both in your search to find the ideal job and for your mental health during the process. 

Remember that job hunting can be a challenging and sometimes prolonged process, but by taking care of yourself and staying resilient, you can navigate it successfully. Focus on staying positive, persistent, and open to new opportunities, and trust that the right job will come along in due time.