Coping Tips for Anxious Job Seekers
Job searching can be very stressful even for the most confident person. It can be more challenging if you’re anxious and worried about the hiring process, as well as about when you will be hired for a new position. Although there are many factors in a job hunt that can cause anxiety, there are also ways to reduce stress and take control.
Do Your Preparations.
You can alleviate some of the stress involved in job hunting when you take care of everything that needs to be done first in a timely manner. For instance, creating a basic resume and cover letter that you can customize each time you apply for a job, updating your LinkedIn profile and give it a makeover if it needs one and lining up some references who will attest to your skills and qualifications when needed.
If you organize your search and treat it like a job, it will be less stressful. If you’re out of work, consider it your full-time job if you’re out of work or schedule part-time hours to spend job hunting if you’re employed. Having a plan in place will help minimize the anxiety because you’ll be keeping track of what you’ve done and what you need to do next. Plus, you won’t have to think about the task until it’s time to handle it.
Prepare and Practice.
Practice responding to the most common interview questions employers ask and have a few questions of your own ready. The more you practice, the more comfortable you’ll be during an interview. Knowing what type of position you’re seeking and being able to articulate why you’re qualified for the role will help you ace the interview.
Don’t Forget to Take Breaks.
Despite easy connectivity now because of smartphones, it is vitally important not to spend every waking hour focused on how you’re going to get hired for your next job. The more you think about it, the higher your anxiety level will be. Instead, stick to your schedule and take breaks. Exercise, do yoga, read a book, walk your dog, turning off or ignoring your phone when you’re not in job-hunting mode to help reduce anxiety.
Get Support and Assistance
Talking with others is one of the best ways to reduce your anxiety. You can get some words of wisdom and support if you share your anxiousness with a career support group, friends, or family. If your anxiety is overwhelming, remember that you’re not the first person who is having a difficult time. A career coach or counselor can help you focus on your goals and help you with coping skills for interview stress. If you need more help, your career counselor or primary care physician can likely provide a referral to a therapist who can assist.