Avoid Job-Search Stress
Avoid Job-Search Stress

Steps you can take so you don’t end up with an ulcer.

It sucks being unemployed. Wrong. Being unemployed doesn’t have to be a terrifying thing. Losing your job is, in fact, a blessing in disguise. I was faced with a situation a few years ago, a period of unemployment. It was hard until I realized this was my chance to figure out who I was and what I desired to do with my career. I had the unforeseen opportunity to stop chasing the almighty dollar and do something fulfilling with my life. I am now happy, and even though my bank account isn’t awe-inspiring, it doesn’t matter because I have found myself. The following are some of the things I found while the road.

Reclaim Your Identity

In our society, we tend to equate what we do with who we are. It can be problematic when we lose our jobs. Suddenly we have no idea who we are, what’s important to us or how to keep going. Before you are excited about looking for a new job, it’s essential to take the time to mourn what you’ve lost. It will help you regain your sense of self and realize that job or no job; you’re still you. Your career is not a measure of your self-worth. You are a wonderful person, no matter what happens.

Make a Schedule

Looking for a job is just as hard as having a job. Scheduling your job search will not only yield results faster, but it will keep you from overextending yourself. It can be fascinating to sit at your laptop for hours on end, going from website to website until you lose all sense of reality. Even if you no longer have a job, you still have a life, so go out there once in a while. Make a schedule and stick to it. Once your time is up, turn your computer off and join the rest of the world.

Don’t Obsess

It’s effortless to let the job search consume you. It becomes the first thing you think about when you wake up and the last thing on your mind before sleep. You even dream about it. If you find yourself in this area, take a break. I know it sounds crazy, but you have to put your mental health first. Also, if you go to an interview in this agitated state, chances are you won’t get the job. Employers are turned off by desperation. Not to mention you’ll look like a crazy person. So once you feel yourself going off the deep end, take a couple of days off. Put your laptop away, and don’t look at it for an entire weekend. Your brain will thank you.

Spend Time With Loved Ones

If you’re looking for a job, you will almost definitely encounter some rejection. It never feels good and can lead to feelings of worthlessness, anger or even depression. People who love and support you will be of great help in this situation. They can put everything in perspective; remind you of how awesome and talented you are. Don’t be afraid to reach out. Even the most formidable people need encouragement once in a while.

Don’t Apply for Jobs You Don’t Want

It can be tricky, as any job looks good when you have no money. However, if you apply for positions you have no interest in or places unrelated to your desired career, you’ll regret it. Don’t waste your time pursuing dead ends when you could be spending that time looking for a more rewarding form of employment. If you feel you’ve already applied to all the relevant jobs, wait a couple of days. Your ideal job could become available tomorrow.

Think Outside the Box

Who says you need to get the same job you had before? Expand your mind and consider all your options. Use your unemployment to figure out a new, more exciting path. Maybe you’ve always wanted to start your own business. Perhaps an idea has been floating around in your brain, but you never pursued it because you were too busy working. You might want to use your expertise to make the world a better place. Now is the time to start a new chapter in your life.

Finally, don’t equate money with happiness. There are endless ways to make money, few of which are worth your time. Taking a higher paying job over a job you want will only lead to resentment and self-hate. Listen to yourself; it’s the only way to find contentment.

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