How To Deal With Stress During a Job Search

As a recruiter, I hear it day in and day out. Slow, if any; responses back from hiring authorities. Applying and not sure when to follow up. Office politics and negative backdoor reviews. And now with this pandemic, loss of a job (even a one that made you miserable). Stress is no fun. It's hard mentally, emotionally and physically.


When you feel stressed, you may label it as anxiety and feel fear. You may turn to unhealthy eating (Nutella, my love) or other unhealthy ways of coping. I'm here to tell you that's not the way. Think about your feelings. Are you angry? Are you upset? Once you get clarity on your true feelings, you can start to tackle the issues.


The first thing you need to do is take a step back. Practice box breathing, which is to inhale for a count of 5, hold for a count of 5 and exhale for a count of 5. Do that for as long as you need to.


Second, there are lots you can control, but lots you cannot. Even as a third-party recruiter, I can't control when I hear back from the hiring manager. I can't truly know what's going on behind the scenes, so I oftentimes just let my candidates know and hope they trust me to know I'm being honest. When I was an in-house recruiter, I still had to follow up with hiring managers regularly as it would take me time to hear anything back. Anything can be happening behind the scenes to delay an interview. The bottom line, recognize there are things out of your control.


Take control of the things that you can do though. If you are interested in a job, research the company. Tailor your resume to match the job description (adding keywords without context can only get you so far) and apply. Find the hiring manager or recruiter and reach out directly. Follow up.


Read More: Job Search Toolkit


And breathe. We will all get through this together!!


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