How to Take the Emotions Out of Your Next Job Search

As one of the leading employment agencies in Hartford County, Stewart Staffing knows a job search is like a roller coaster ride. You’re up one day when you get called for an interview and down the next when you find out you didn’t land the job. In between, there are also periods of intense stress, as well as the frustration of waiting around to hear back from a potential employer. It’s enough to drive anyone crazy – if you let it. Instead, follow these tips for taking the emotion out of your job search, so it’s a much easier ride.

Conquer the fear factor.

Fear is one of the biggest factors in a job search that can get job seekers down. What if you can’t find a job? What if your current employer finds out you’re looking? And what if you’re not happy with the job offers coming your way? Whatever the case for you, try to keep fear out of the equation by setting goals. Having a clear plan will help you regain some control in the process, which will go a long way in combatting fear.

That means setting weekly goals for applying to a certain number of jobs, attending networking events and following up on job leads. Also, consider journaling about your job search experience, in particular your fears and anxieties. This can help you gain new perspectives on them, as well as how to overcome them.

Change your mindset.

One of the worst parts of any job search is the agonizing delay between applying for a job or interviewing and waiting to hear back. Instead, approach the situation with the mindset that you’re not going to think about it. Put up a mental wall of sorts and move on with your day. You’ve done all you can to secure the opportunity; now, it’s time to keep looking for other jobs until you hear back. Also, don’t check your email every hour; that will just fuel your anxieties even further.

Change the topic.

When you’re in the midst of a job search, it’s easy to focus on it all of the time. While it’s perfectly ok to pour out your fears or anxieties to a trusted loved one, don’t continue to talk about it over and over again to anyone who will listen. Doing so will just magnify the stress of the situation. Instead, during your down time away from your job search, focus on doing things you enjoy and not so much on talking about the job search experience.

Infuse some fun into your life.

Job searches are stressful. Whether you’re unemployed and looking, or still have your job, they have a way of taking over your life. Don’t let it. Be sure to make time for doing things you enjoy. Also, strive to live a balanced life, exercising, eating right and sleeping well.

Need more job search help?

Connect with the employment experts at Stewart Staffing. As one of the leading employment agencies in Hartford County, we can give you access to opportunities that aren’t always advertised, not to mention help with your resume and interview skills, as well as advice for standing out to employers. Give us a call today to learn more.

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