Career Advice

4 Tips For Taking The Stress Out Of The Job Search

Male Job List 23 April, 2020

In today’s COVID-19 world, searching for employment on top of worrying about everything else is extremely stressful, but life will go on and you need a job. You’re probably spending your lockdown time poring over job sites and updating your CV while wondering if you’ll find a position after this is over. If you sometimes feel like pulling your hair out and kicking your cat, here are a few truisms to keep in mind that should have a soothing effect on your job search efforts.

Always keep in mind why you’re the best person for the job

With so much competition out there, it’s easy to start having a crisis of confidence. You know what your qualifications are, your training and experience, but sometimes you worry that they’re not enough. But the qualities that make you a great employee are more than these. Soft skills like leadership ability, intelligence, a good work ethic, honesty, and reliability are just as important as professional qualifications.

The perfect job is out there somewhere

And sooner or later, though it may take perseverance, patience, and a lot of work, you’ll find it. Knowing that this is true is a great source of relief.

The interviewer is only human

Interviews are probably the greatest source of stress for the job seeker. Just thinking about an upcoming interview can make some people a trembling wreck. But remember that they’re just a person doing their job, and they need to fill a position just as badly as you need to find one. Don’t let an interviewer intimidate you, as some will try to do. There’s always another interview right around the corner.

Don’t put off your job search efforts

Some people stress over looking for work, especially right now, and procrastinate, which actually causes more stress because they’re worried about not looking. If you find yourself avoiding the search, force yourself to work even harder at it. You’ll find it becomes easier with practice, and of course, you’ll find that great job even faster.

This crisis will soon be behind us and the jobs will be there. So keep calm and keep looking and you’ll find your dream position.