There is no denying that job searching can be stressful no matter what stage of career development you're currently in. Whether you are unemployed and just looking for income or trying to fit in time to search while working full-time, finding a way to maintain your sanity amidst it all is very important. Keep the following tips in mind to help you manage your stress.
Organize: Staying organized in your job search can go a long way. Make sure you have a way of tracking the job, company name, date you applied, and any updates on this posting. Save the posting as well – this is crucial in helping you prepare for an interview if you get a call for one.
Prioritize: Set specific goals for yourself every day, week, and month. Make sure these are realistic – you don’t need to apply to 10 postings every single day. Try focusing on different aspects of your job search (LinkedIn, networking, updating your resume, researching companies in your area) to avoid getting burned out. Rome wasn’t built in a day, after all.
Take care of yourself: Don’t neglect your health. Get enough sleep, exercise, and take time for hobbies unrelated to work or job searching that you enjoy. Spend time with family and friends who will encourage you and help you stay positive. If you feel healthy and confident, that will come through when you speak to employers.
Focus on what you can control: There are going to be some positions that seem perfect for you, and you may not hear anything back or get the offer after a long interview process. While this is definitely frustrating, rejection is part of everyone’s job search and is okay. Focus on the positives and try to learn from the experience. Remember, there is no harm in asking for interview feedback. If one job doesn’t work out, that just means there might be something better for you right around the corner.