Beating Job Search Depression
These days there is nothing uncommon in looking for a job. More and more people are unemployed and struggle to find another place to work. Unfortunately, job search depression can become a serious problem. It is hard to find a new job overnight and you might easily get discouraged and start thinking that you will never succeed. It might seem like the entire process of looking for a job is a complete waste of time and that you will obtain the exact same result by sitting on your couch at home.
You have probably started your job search thinking that you will find something in several days. These have already turned into endless weeks or months and you probably feel hopeless now. Even if walking around and feeling sorry for yourself seems like everything you can do at this time, don’t let depression settle in. Re-evaluate your situation and start again fresh. Below are some tips to beat job search depression.
You are not the only one who is looking for a job.
At a first glance, you might believe that you are the only one who can’t find a job and nothing good is ever going to happen to you from the professional point of view. Think about it objectively; in these challenging economic times millions of other people are in the same position as you. The fact that your job search is not providing any results yet does not mean that you are not capable enough of finding a job or that you can’t meet the employers’ requirements. It means that the economic reality makes it impossible for everyone to find a job immediately. Times have changed and it is nowadays common to shift jobs pretty often and to experience periods of unemployment in between. It is the “new” normality on the job market.
Don’t get fidgety about the little things.
It is easy to panic during your job search, but it won’t do you any good. If you have started wondering what is that you are doing wrong and what is that makes employers refuse you, stop immediately. This is a self-destructive attitude which won’t help you find a job sooner. It will only make you feel bad about yourself without any reason. Instead of this negative thinking, analyze what you have done good by now and what qualities you have that might help you.
Make a strategy for your job search plan.
You have probably been to lots of interviews and have applied to even more jobs. When you do the same thing over and over again, you tend to do it in the same manner. Stop for a while and try a new approach for your job search. Think about strategies you have never used before and might work. Try to repackage your resume, and focus on your potentials that you think would be enticing to your potential employer. Stepping out of your routine might provide better results than you expected.
The job search you are conducting might be as exhausting as a real job. Don’t forget to relax and to take things easier from time to time. You deserve a break every once in a while because it will clear your mind and increase your confidence. You won’t do well in interviews if you are tired and frustrated. Don’t underestimate the power of positive thinking. Together with a good strategy, it can make you win the battle with the unemployment. Job search depression, by all means, will only lower your chances of making a good impression.
How long have you been off from employment and how do you manage it? We'd love to hear from you in the comments below.