In today’s job market, the job hunt can be a grueling process fraught with anxiety and worry. Even with so many options to choose from, it feels like none of them are hiring. You’ve gotten no calls back after your first round of applications, what feels like thousands of employers who feel like you “Aren’t a great fit at this time”, and more, it can wear you down. So how do you manage to keep it up despite all this?
Why Jobseekers Burnout Is Real (And Hurting You in The Long Run)
This anxiety that slowly builds with every rejection eventually reaches the point where you can’t stand to send one more email. Editing your resume feels like you’re spinning in circles. Then the hopeless feeling of “I’m never going to get a job” sinks in. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Understanding why you’re feeling this way and learning to work and grow through these feelings is necessary to get through the difficulties of job searching.
Channel your anxiety positively
One of the biggest misconceptions that circulates modern-day young adults is that anxiety is a negative emotion. Many people will go out of their way to avoid situations that would cause anxiety. The fact of the matter is that anxiety is a natural response to stress that helps us react to situations quickly.
Anxiety can also work as a motivator. When presented with a situation that causes anxiety, such as an interview or just job-searching in general, the stress and anxiety is there to pressure the person to resolve whatever issue is presented to the person. When job-searching, it can be easy to become paralyzed by your anxiety, but by resolving the causes of your anxiety, it helps build confidence, build independence, and can lead to you being happier in the future.
Organize your job search
One of the biggest hurdles in your job search comes when you’ve just finished your first round of applications. You might’ve already received some rejections and maybe even one or two follow-ups. But you’ve run out of steam. How much longer is this going to take? Now is the time when instead of losing steam, you should need to reorganize how you’re searching.
There are different ways to go about it, and what may work for one person, may not work for another, and vice versa. But there are some methods that always work well, and they can include things like making to-do lists or checklists. These are useful as they can make sure you’re staying on top of things and aren’t stalling like you might’ve otherwise.
Don’t let the rejection define you
As your job search progresses, you are going to have to become familiar with the feeling of defeat. This can come in the form of a classic rejection letter or the much more hurtful ghosting, not getting any reply at all. When this happens a few times, it can start to hit your self-esteem.
You can’t let these rejections get to you. Today’s job market is highly competitive and there are plenty of applicants to choose from. This is not a reflection of your abilities as an applicant and is often out of your control. Understanding that these aren’t necessarily your fault and there are still many options for you in the broad job market.
Take time for yourself
If your job search isn’t going as well as you would’ve hoped, don’t worry too much. It can be easy to define yourself by these failures. If you feel as though nothing is going your way, it’s important to take a step back and realize that your life doesn’t revolve around your job search. Take some time for yourself.
Practicing self-care in whatever way works for you is a must. This can be anything from getting yourself something nice to eat or having a bubble bath, if it is something that helps you decompress, it’ll work! You will eventually find someplace to work and burning yourself out won’t help the process.
Take a Breather, It’s Not the End of The World
Hunting for a job that is right for you can be difficult, there’s no doubt about it. When you understand how to deal with the anxiety that comes along with it, it can be much more bearable. So just remember, no matter how hard it gets, there are ways to make it a little bit easier. So, take some time for yourself, and relax! You’ll get that job in no time!