If you are looking for a new job, you are not alone — and you are certainly not doing so at a normal time in history. 

The Great Resignation is still in full swing, causing workers to leave their jobs at an unprecedented rate of over 4 million a month. Plus, the unstable economy still bouncing back from the pandemic-induced crisis, and the drastic changes reshaping most industries are adding extra layers of complexity to any job hunt. 

Ultimately, if you have found yourself dealing with job-search-related stress and anxiety, your feelings are more than valid. But it might be comforting to know that each month, a record 11.5 million job openings become available. 

So, while rejections can be demoralizing, there is no doubt that a great opportunity is just around the corner. Here’s how to deal with the stress of finding it.

Organize Your Job Search

In 2020, the pandemic caused a peak in the US unemployment and job loss rate. Additionally, the macroeconomic events of 2022 triggered the largest Consumer Price Index increase since 1981. With so much going on, the chances are that you have started to feel the financial pressure of having to quickly find a better-paid job. 

But rushing through your job search without a systematic approach can cause you to feel unnecessarily stressed and overwhelmed. So, the first step is to treat your job hunting project as a full-time job in itself and get organized:

  • Create a job search plan
  • Break down each big or vague goal (i.e.: send resumes) into smaller objectives (i.e.: review the CV, tailor the cover letter template, send resume to company X)
  • Create a system to track your applications and organize your job search
  • Look for networking events to attend
  • Plan for rejection and prepare follow-ups and feedback requests

Having a plan in place can help you look at your goals as more manageable steps to approach one at a time. In turn, this can help you celebrate your “wins,” visualize progress, and hold on to the feeling of going somewhere with your project.

Use a Fast Resume Builder Online

The most stressful part of a job hunt? For many, that is the resume building or updating phase. After all, with millions of desirable candidates looking for a job, your resume can make a difference in your chances of making it through to a face-to-face interview, where you can show what you are really made of. 

But with hiring managers looking at resumes for an average of six to seven seconds, you’ll have to find a way to make yours stand out. 

So, how do you start creating a job resume? Working with a specialist or using an online builder are the best options to create a CV or resume that is HR-approved, easy to read, and error-free. And, can help highlight the most in-demand capabilities and experience in your skillset!

Know Your Worth and Look for a Good Match

No matter whether you have just started your job hunt or you have been scouting for openings for months, it’s always too tempting to accept the first offer that comes around. But settling for a job offer that does not fit your needs or expectations can hinder your career progression and take a toll on your morale. 

Instead, try your best to keep your levels of self-esteem high and remember that, while work is an essential part of life, you are not your job.

If you have started to feel that you have lost a part of your identity or career direction at some point in your job hunt, take a moment to reassess your priorities and the features that your employer must have. 

Get References and Update Your LinkedIn

Unsure whether your skills and experience will be enough to win you the dream job? If the high levels of stress and anxiety you are feeling are connected to doubts about your professional worth, consider taking your time updating your public profiles and getting references from past employers. 

Simply visualizing what you have achieved so far can offer you a new perspective on how valuable your skillset is and why you would make the best candidate for a company. In turn, this realization can help you appear more confident in your resumes and interviews. 

Be Ready To Attend an Interview

So, your resume and cover letter have scored you that much-sought-after interview. But it’s not time to celebrate yet! Job interviews are the epitome of situational anxiety and, without the right preparation, you might succumb to such a high-stake environment.

Some of the steps to take as the interview date approaches include:

  • Practice your elevator pitch
  • If available, use the feedback from past rejections to improve your pitch
  • Research common interview questions and practice answering them
  • Research the overall industry
  • Be clear about what your selling points and motivations are
  • Prepare questions for your prospective employer
  • Conduct in-depth research about your prospective employer, the company, its reputation, and its values, mission, and vision 

Don’t forget that the better prepared you are, the less you’ll feel the effects of stress and anxiety. 

Apply for More Than One Job

If you are looking for your dream job, the chances are that you have a clear idea of what your goals are. But the job opening that ticks all the boxes might not be there just yet. In the meanwhile, consider applying for other positions that are suitable and reflect some of your top priorities.

Whether you get this other job or not, the exercise can help you be more prepared when the golden opportunity comes around. 

Consider sending in multiple applications even if your dream job opening is already there. Putting all of your eggs in one basket can add a lot of pressure to the process and take a hit on your morale in the case of rejection. 

Take a Break and Reassess What Needs To Be Done

Working hard to secure the ideal job is undoubtedly healthy — but obsessing over it is not. If you have been sending in CVs and applications for days, consider taking a break to refocus. 

Reassessing the situation can tell you more about whether you are in fact applying for the right jobs, and whether the job market has outgrown your skillset. Depending on what you find, you might decide to invest in training and upskilling courses before sending in the next application. 

Pro tip: Nothing seems to help? Don’t underestimate the effect of your mindset on your job hunt outcome. Consider taking regular self-care breaks and practicing visualization techniques to fight stress and anxiety.

Keep in Mind That It Is All a Process, and Don’t Be Afraid To Ask for Help

Sometimes, a candidate might get lucky. But, in most cases, finding and securing the dream job does not happen overnight. The job-hunting process is, after all, a process with its ups and downs. 

Make sure to be prepared for the setbacks and hurdles you might find along the way. And, don’t be afraid to ask for the help of a specialist if you feel unable to manage the stress and anxiety that comes with a job search in these unprecedented times.

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