Job search when depressed
Looking for a new job with filled with constant emotional highs and lows. Battling the fear of the unknown (will you ever find a job?) is enough to make anyone feel upset and vexed.
Job hunting is an intense process that can seriously mess with your mood. For most people your career is closely linked to your identity, so you may feel like searching for a job is like searching for a piece of yourself until or unless that piece isn’t found you fell incomplete or unsettled.
So, when you are feeling down about your job search, how you can cope up?
The good news is there are proven ways to manage your mood during your job search, so you can rock your interviews and land a new role you love.
- Create Structure
Creating a schedule and boundaries for your job search can help add that sense to control your life, which can sustain your motivation and keep you thinking positively. For example, you might set aside one hour each morning specifically to work on updating your resume. By incorporating structure into your daily job search, you’ll accomplish small wins each day, which helps foster positive feelings. Knowing that you’re able to accomplish goals you set can help revive your waning motivation and flip your mindset around.
- Stay Organized
The more organized you are the less likely you feel yourself as a victim. So, create step by step plans for tackling each piece of the job search like it’s any other work assignment. Breaking down the job search into smaller, more manageable task can help a big daunting process feel less overwhelming and more with in your control.
- Take a hiatus
You may even want to take a break from interviewing or job search altogether. The length of your recovery will vary depending on your situation. Use this time to physically rest and focus on other priorities.
- Seek out emotional support
The job search can stir up challenging emotion, fears and limiting beliefs that can keep you up at night. If you bottle up those reactions, you will perpetuate the production of stress hormone throughout your entire body, which will continue to bring you down.
Simply talking through your emotions with another person can be an effective way of processing messy, challenging emotions.