Minimize Job Hunting Stress
The job hunt is not an easy process and being in between
jobs just adds more stress to your life. Who needs that?
While you may not be able to get rid of all the stress, you
can eliminate a lot of it.
These 6 tips will help you get rid of unnecessary job search
1. GET ORGANIZED
You should NEVER be stressed because you cannot find
something. This goes beyond keeping track of resumes and
cover letters. Other essentials like diplomas, certification
certificates, and forms of identification should always be
easily accessible. Most people agree that the creation of an
employment portfolio is the best solution. One easy to
access container of all your essentials will relieve
pressure when searching for information or gathering
materials prior to an interview.
2. STICK TO A SCHEDULE
The most successful job seekers admit that finding a job is
a full time job. Just being busy creates a stressful
atmosphere. Creating and maintaining a schedule lets you
visualize what you need to get done and when you need to get
it done. Often times we create stress in our minds. A
schedule quantifies how busy you actually are not how busy
you think you are. Moreover, you can monitor how well you
follow your schedule to determine how efficiently you use
3. TAKE A BREAK
All work and no play can make you a dull person, and make
you go crazy. Under excessively tense conditions, recreation
plays a vital role in maintaining composure. The beauty of
the schedule is that it not only lets you see when you need
to get work done, but also when you don’t need to get work
done. Fill your free time with fun, relaxing activities that
take your mind off worries. Finding a job is a full time
job, but it should not consume 24 hours of the day 7 days a
4. KNOW WHERE YOU STAND
People also create stress by not evaluating where they stand
with a prospective employer. They tend to assume that they
are not in good standing with a company or interviewer,
which only creates more tension and worries. Take time to
stop and think about correspondences and other interactions.
Pay attention to the tones people use as they write or
speak. Reflect on the impressions you make from a phone
interviewer. A second round of interviews probably means you
made the cut and are in the running for the job. Serious
contemplation of these types smaller things will remove
uncertainty, thus remove worry.
5. AVOID REPETITIVE STRESS
You can improve efficiency and free up time, but recognizing
opportunities to reuse work you have already done. This does
NOT mean using generic cover letters and interview
questions. However, having templates that can be modified to
custom fit companies and situations is worthwhile. The key
is to reduce the amount of work you have to do, without
sacrificing the authenticity of the impression you leave. An
employment portfolio can make this recycling even easier.
Just remember that everything you say or write to a possible
employer should reflect your personality and your thoughts
on working for that particular employer.
6. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
As it comes down to the wire, the most stressful part of a
job search for many people is the most confrontational part
of the process: the interview. An interview is, in some
respect, an employer’s way of testing you. Just like you
studied for tests in school, you can study for interviews.
This is more than just doing background research on a
company. Think about possible questions the interviewers
might ask you and think about how you would respond. Many
people find it helpful to actually go through mock
interviews with friends or family. Find a preparation method
that works for you. Whatever it may be, use it. If you can
eliminate the anxiety of an upcoming interview, you will
perform better and feel better.
If you ever find yourself stressing out over your situation,
think back to these 6 pointers. Stress reduction is
incredibly helpful, so let it work for you.
Nathan Newberger is the job and career expert at
http://www.WorkTree.com Nathan has over 10 years
experience in staffing and human resources. He has worked
both as a recruiter and career counselor. Mr. Newberger has
been the Managing Editor at
http://www.WorkTree.com for the past 5 years and his
articles have helped thousands of job seekers.
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