4 Tips To Stay Sane During Your Job Search
Looking for a new job can often feel like a full-time job. Whether you’re looking for a new role or are unemployed, the job search is stressful. Spending hours every day looking for openings, filling out applications, updating your resume, and interviewing takes its toll. Yes, it’s important to find a job, but even more important is taking care of yourself and finding rest in the midst of a stressful season. Here are some best practices to do so.
It is okay to take a break from filling out job applications. Searching for a job may be a full-time commitment but you still need to find balance in the process. Schedule your day with time blocks to apply for jobs, reach out to your network, update your resume, then take a break and go for a walk, watch a show or read a book. Giving your brain a break from the constant focus of filling out job applications will help you avoid burnout. Also, set a hard stop time for the end of the day and intentionally disconnect.
Pay attention to how you’re feeling before you hit a wall. Step away when you feel yourself getting stressed about the future or the next step. Maintaining healthy boundaries helps you avoid feeling overwhelmed in the uncertainty. Try not to constantly check your email for a reply, prioritize rest, and remember it’s okay to have fun when you need a mental break. Setting these boundaries will help you enjoy the process, stay focused and help you be the best version of yourself during the job hunt.
Lean into community
The job search can be a lonely process and inevitably comes with rejection. On the harder days it is so important to have a good group of family and friends who can offer words of encouragement and remind you that you will be okay. Community lends you belief and faith in yourself when you don’t have it. They can also help connect you with the right opportunities and celebrate with you once you land the job!
Celebrate the wins
The process of applying can become exhausting so remember to treat yourself when you succeed, even in small ways. Define your wins such as, landing an interview, hearing back from a church with positive feedback, or hitting your application goal. All of these can be victories to celebrate throughout the process!
Overall, taking care of yourself is essential in any season that brings about big life change or transitions. Finding a new job is exciting but can be overwhelming, too. Remember to prioritize yourself first and the rest will follow. You got this! We are cheering you on.
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