If you are aware of the problems that a job search can bring on, then you can handle the stress and the problems properly. That is what we try to show you in this article. To make you aware of the stress management problems that can crop up in a prolonged job search, and a few clues of how to handle them. We are confident, that it is sufficient for you to be in control and stay positive at all times during your job search and bring that much needed success into your life by finishing your search with success.
Seeking a better job is an ongoing process for any modern-day worker. However, seeking a full time job becomes a regular activity only when a person is unemployed or highly dissatisfied with his/her present job or workplace. When a person is seeking just a better job, the question is of either enhancement or advancement. When a person is seeking a job for survival, it is a different question altogether.
Whichever be the situation, a full-blown job search is usually initiated when the job seeker is under stress with his/her existent work life and earning situation. So, to begin with, ajob seeker is already a person under considerable stress. Failure to manage that stress and bring it under control can start a vicious cycle of failures leading to catastrophic consequences in both work and personal life. The key to survival is to stay positive at all times and in control, so that a prolonged job search does not burn you out and destroy both your life and everything you cherish.
If one views job seeking as the primary job of a person, then the possibility of burning out while job searches stretch on and on, is a real danger. Sending out the same resume again and again, regularly being turned down, and repeatedly facing accusations from family members can wreak havoc on the mind of a candidate. A job seeker distressed from burnout fails in personal interviews and gets snared in a vicious cycle. Failure in personal interviews leads to stress, stress leads to burnout syndrome, and the burnt-out job seeker fails in personal interviews.
The best thing to do in such a state of affairs is to be mindful of the happening and try to stay away from emotional fatigue while you wait for that job you desire.
Here are some very simple ways to stay positive and in control while job hunting:
- Spend your spare time in positive and interesting activities. Pursue your hobbies. Help others.
- Hang out with positive people. Depression is contagious.
- Don't overstress yourself looking for a job. The right job will come along, but you need to be prepared and in control to clinch it.
- Remain active. Follow up mailed resumes with phone calls and, if possible, physical meetings. Be cool. When you interview, neither give away how badly you need the job nor convey the impression that you don't need it.
- Try out variations of your resume and keep improving upon them.
- Do job-oriented social networking. Chatting with others opens up many avenues-and at times is more effective than searching job lists and sending resumes.
- Seek and accept temporary work assignments until you find the right job.
- Try to enhance if you can't advance. Find and study courses that broadens your skill set.