Tips For Reducing Job Search Anxiety

By Melissa Coutts November 24, 2020 | Posted in Our Blog

By Melissa Coutts November 24, 2020

So, you might have noticed, but 2020 has been tough – to put it mildly.

With so many changes to deal with this year, feeling anxious about finding jobs has become pretty standard for many.

It’s natural to have some job search jitters. Maybe you feel sad at the loss of a job you loved, or perhaps money concerns are keeping you awake at night?

If you’ve applied for heaps of roles and haven’t heard back or got to the interview stage without success yet, it’s easy to become disheartened.

But, with a little preparation and forward planning, your job hunting may bring you exciting opportunities, be a life-affirming experience and perhaps even – *shock* – fun!
Finding jobs is possible with the right attitude and a sprinkling of help along the way.

Below, we’ve pulled together some simple strategies you can use to reduce your anxiety and keep your chin up.

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1. Get a routine

It can be easy to stay in bed too long when you don’t have anywhere to go in the morning. This can be a slippery road, my friend!

Keeping a routine is key. Getting up, washed, dressed – even doing a fake ‘commute’ (walk around the block) are all ways to trick yourself into feeling like you’re busy.

Challenge yourself to discover new positions to apply for – and, when you’re done, reward yourself with a nice cup of tea and a biccy, or whatever your version of happiness is.

2. Stay positive

*Eye roll* “Oh, sure, stay positive – easier said than done, mate”. We know. It’s not easy. But it’s a big deal.
It’s easy to get down when you’re searching for a job without success. When negativity creeps in, your motivation and performance takes a nosedive.

So, do what you can to stay positive and upbeat during your job search. Believe us, when you get that all-important interview, your potential employer will notice the benefits.

Hang in there. Stop mindlessly scrolling social media into the early hours – you need your energy to wake up every morning to stick to your routine.

Do what your Nanna tells you. Get plenty of sleep and eat your greens. Future-you will be grateful.

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3. Be organised

First up, create a ‘jobs in Darlington’ alert on Google and plan a schedule of when you’ll look for jobs at a set time every day. Creating a job search plan to help you break your big goal into smaller, more manageable ones is a good start.

Polish up your CV, then your LinkedIn profile. It might be an idea to set up a covering letter template that you can tailor to any jobs in Darlington that you go for.

Write down your career highlights and ‘wins’ to date – and then create a wishlist of the types of positions you want to apply for.

Keep a list or – even better – a spreadsheet containing the names of all the places you’ve applied to, the job title and details, then a column for the outcome (for example, invited to interview). This will stop you feeling overwhelmed and, importantly, help you remember names and dates – getting muddled up is not a good look with employers!

4. Do your homework

If you’re worried about feeling unprepared, doing proper research on the company you’re applying to makes it much easier to write your application.

Does the company and role meet your expectations and requirements? If they don’t, there’s not much point in applying or getting stressed over it.

Search for jobs that offer the kind of culture that’s a good fit for you, then learn all you can about those businesses and the people you would potentially work with and for.

The more knowledgeable and prepared you feel in your job search, the more confident you’ll be.

5. Give yourself a break

This should go without saying, but make sure you give yourself plenty of breaks from job hunting.

This will give you a chance to clear your head and think about something else for a while. Use this time to exercise, see friends, read a book and just generally kick back.

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If the search for jobs has worn you out, you can always practice coping mechanisms like deep breathing, get outside for a change of scenery, or doing the thing that most relaxes you.

6. Remember – this isn’t forever

Finding a new job doesn’t usually happen overnight. If you don’t get an interview for the first job you apply to, that’s to be expected. Take time to review your application if you like.

During these (unprecedented – ugh!) times, companies are balancing a lot, too, and may therefore take longer than usual to get back to candidates.

It’s important to maintain perspective. Treat your job hunt as a temporary situation – because it is – and be as patient as you can.

7. Treat yo’self – reward your hard work

Reward yourself for all the wins, no matter how big or small.

If you’ve hit your job application target for the week – great! Been invited for an interview? That’s a big deal, so give yourself a pat on the back.

Don’t forget to stop and smell the roses once in a while and reward yourself for all the hard work you’ve already put in. It can give you a much-needed boost that can help carry you through the rest of your job search.

8. It’s good to talk

Whether you choose your sister or your best friend or even online communities, chatting about the struggle will make you feel loads better.

Keeping stuff bottled up never helps. Simply talking through things with another person can be an effective way of processing messy, challenging emotions.

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9. Beware of ‘busy-work’

You want your search for a job to be successful as quickly as possible, right? So, you’ve given yourself a to-do list as long as your arm.

But consider this: you might not have to do it all. Sure, many things have to get done when you’re job searching, but trying to do them all (and all at the same time) is not only exhausting but probably futile.

Be honest with yourself about how often something (for example, updating your social media status or browsing ‘get rich quick’ schemes) really needs to be done. You might discover that you’re spending time on things that won’t actually get you results and that you can actually take it a little easier on yourself.

The road to landing a job isn’t necessarily an easy one, and it can take a toll on your emotional well-being. Searching for a new job is a challenge… but remember that you *will* succeed!

It takes grit, graft and determination to get through any tricky time. Searching for a job is just one obstacle thrown your way. Remember, you’ve got this. You’re a tiger. Rraarr!

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