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How to stay calm while searching for jobs

Veronica C. | November 13, 2014

How to avoid stress while searching for jobs

Searching for full-time jobs can become an incredibly stressful experience for some people. Recruiters looking for graduates get flooded with applications, resumes and cover letters that may take hours to sift through in order to find the right candidate.

As a result, you might find yourself becoming frustrated and panicked as you wait for prospective employers to respond to you. However, it’s important that you remain calm and level-headed because stress only makes the situation worse.

Here are some tips on how to stay calm while looking for full-time employment.

Don’t be too dramatic
It’s understandable to get upset when looking for work – there are a lot more instances of failure than success.For every interview you land, there’s another dozen or so jobs that you never hear so much as a peep from. This can lead to you being overly dramatic and negative regarding your prospects of finding work. You might begin to focus on the negative and start to think the hunt is fruitless. It’s important that you remember that there are sometimes dozens, even hundreds, of people who respond to job posts on the Internet from companies looking to hire graduates. You need to figure out a way to make yourself stick out from the pack.

Stay positive
Everyone knows how tough it is to maintain a good attitude when you don’t hear back from prospective employers. You send out so many emails, receive no replies and begin to doubt your abilities as a valuable employee. To avoid this, remove the words “can’t,” “won’t” and “never” from your vocabulary. Getting rid of negative words can work wonders on your attitude and give you a more positive outlook on finding employment. Focusing on your good thoughts drives away any possible negativity and keeps you on track to landing the job you so badly want.

Unplug and disconnect
Trying to find jobs for college graduates can leave you feeling spent and exhausted at the end of a day. More often than not, you will find yourself investing an exorbitant amount of time on your computer or tablet, researching openings and firing off applications as quickly as possible. However, you need to be able to step away every night and completely disconnect from job sites. It’ll only drive you insane as you keep wondering if the next post you find is “the one”. Instead, unplug and focus on entertaining yourself at the end of a night. Make an effort to relax and unwind, either by watching some mindless television or reading a good book.

Develop a vision
Pick a path that interests you and stick to your guns. If not, you can find yourself sending resumes to companies in industries that you know nothing about. Majoring in business management means you shouldn’t really be looking for a job in information technology or writing. You need to play to your strengths in order to find jobs without feeling the need to rip your hair out. Write down what you think are your best attributes and what skills you would bring to a prospective employer. When you go back and look at job descriptions, you can have a better understanding of which positions you’re suitable for and which ones you can skip over.

While everyone knows job hunting can be stressful, that doesn’t mean you need to fall into the trap of panic and anger. Instead, take some deep breaths, clear your mind and review these tips. They can go a long way in improving your outlook on employment.


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