Five ways to minimize job search anxiety
A job hunt is stressful, but a disorganized job hunt is a nightmare. You don’t want to mix up the time of your job interview with the time of your dentist appointment.
Keep everything related to your job search in a neat, clean place. A disorderly workspace — and that includes the virtual workspace of your computer, which probably shouldn’t have 57 tabs open at once — will only make things more difficult.
Organize your files in clearly labelled folders and keep careful track of important times and dates. Mark down all your job applications in a log, including any pertinent information — the name of a hiring manager or recruiter, for example, or something you admire about the company you’re applying to. This will serve as a quick reference guide as you plan the next chapter of your job hunt.
Celebrate the little wins
Finding a new job feels like a zero-sum game: you either get hired, or you don’t. But you can still learn something from every part of your job search, even those parts that don’t end with an offer letter.
Little wins matter. Each step you take in your job hunt is ultimately a step toward your next job. Celebrating those achievements reminds us that we’re not spinning our wheels.
Did you finally perfect that resume? That’s great! Watch your favorite movie tonight. Did you land an interview at that amazing company? Wonderful! Gush all about it to your friends. Keep your spirits high — every accomplishment counts.
Lean on your family and friends
Job hunting is a lonely business, so it’s important to remind yourself of who has your back. Make time for your friends and family. Have dinner together. Play your favorite sport. Do something to get your mind off the job hunt and onto the special people in your life. It will help keep things in perspective.
If you’re feeling frustrated with your job search, ask if someone close to you has the bandwidth to talk about it. Venting keeps the pressure off, and discussing your job search with someone could turn up surprising advice.
Your friends and family might even offer to practice interview questions with you or proofread your resume. Don’t be shy about leaning on them for a little bit of help.