How to cope with job search frustration
Searching for a job can become extremely frustrating. In fact, this frustration can get the best of your job search.
Whether it’s employers ignoring your application or securing interviews but not landing jobs, there are a number of things that contribute to a job seeker’s frustration.
The problem many job seekers face is they allow their job search frustration to build and don’t do anything to reduce it. When this happens, they tend to not put enough effort into their search or even worse, give up completely on finding a job.
If you’ve been battling job search frustration, here are some tips for turning it around:
1. Don’t be so hard on yourself.
Many job seekers often become frustrated during their job search because they adopt a negative attitude. When job seekers start thinking they’re unemployable, this only adds to the stress of their job search.
Instead of being negative during your job search, focus on the positives and be grateful for what you’ve experienced already. Just because you haven’t secured an interview yet doesn’t mean no one wants to hire you. All you have to do is focus on your strongest qualities and how you can better market them to employers.
2. Find a good support system.
A strong support system is key to coping with job search frustration. Reach out to a good friend, family member, or mentor who will be there for emotional support during your search. It’s also a good idea to invest in a job search buddy who will help you stay motivated and optimistic during your search.
3. Treat yourself.
When your job search becomes overwhelmingly stressful, it’s important that you take some time for yourself. Whether you decide to relax with a good book or go out for dinner with a friend, don’t hesitate to treat yourself during your job search.
Taking a break from your job search will ease your frustration and will help you regain focus. In addition, you’ll feel more relaxed during your search and find the motivation to apply for jobs.
4. Change your perspective.
Take a moment to put yourself in the shoes of your employer. This new perspective will help you create an objective outlook of your job search and even discover areas for improvement.
When you think like an employer during your job search, you’ll find new ways to market yourself to employers and figure out what hiring managers are looking for. You’ll also open yourself up to finding better job opportunities that fit your goals and experience.
5. Stop checking your email multiple times per day.
Your email can get the best of you during your job search. Especially when you’re waiting to hear from recruiters and hiring managers, it’ll be tempting to check your email every five minutes.
When you’re always checking your email, you’re distracting yourself from having a productive day. Make a promise to yourself that you’ll check it once in the morning, afternoon, and evening. By doing this, you’ll put an end to driving yourself crazy during your job search.
Effective job seekers can recognize their frustrations and address them promptly. By following these tips, you’ll reduce the frustration you’ve experienced and continue moving forward with your search.
What tips do you have for coping with job search frustration?
Heather R. Huhman is a career expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and HR technologies. She’s also the instructor of Find Me A Job: How To Score A Job Before Your Friends, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle, and career and recruiting adviser for numerous outlets.