There’s no doubt that looking for a job is stressful. Even against recent, and very welcome news that the jobs market is picking up, meaning more opportunities are out there, if you are jobhunting without success this can take a toll.
While we are all far more focused on the importance of good mental health, recently marking Mental Health Awareness Week, we should bear in mind the impact of stress caused by looking for work.
What is stress
Stress is our body’s response to pressure and is often caused when we feel we have little or no control over something, jobhunting being just one example.
Certain levels of stress can be beneficial, such as when our fight or flight mechanism kicks in. But if stress is ongoing it can be damaging to our mental health.
Jobhunting brings highs and lows – excitement when things seem to be going well, and lows when you don’t land a role, and this can cause stress.
How you feel about yourself may be linked to your ability to get a job. If you have a series of rejections, this can damage your morale and make it harder to pick yourself up and move on to the next prospect.
At 24-7 Staffing, we work hard to place our candidates in temporary and permanent roles, and have lots of vacancies you might be interested in – check out our jobs board here.
So if you are in the process of jobhunting, here are our top five tips on how to reduce your levels of stress so that when land your new role, you hit the ground running.
Five tips for stress-free jobhunting
- Manage your expectations. Once you have applied for a job, try to put it out of your mind. Sometimes you will hear quickly, and at others it can take several weeks, so if you can think about other things in the meantime, it will reduce the stress of worrying and waiting.
- Ask for feedback. If you’ve been unsuccessful, instead of worrying about it, try and find out exactly why your application was rejected, because:
Firstly, this will reflect well on you because the employer or recruiter will realise you are a proactive person, keen to succeed.
Secondly, you may get some really useful feedback that you can put into practice for future applications, and this means something positive has come out of the process.
Thirdly, you may find there was simply nothing wrong at all with you or your CV, but an overwhelm of applications meant there was a cut-off point in the selection process.
- Do other things! What do we mean by that? We mean, spend enough time on the application process – it shouldn’t be rushed – but in between, switch off from jobhunting by doing other activities. Getting outside in the fresh air for a walk not only recharges your batteries, but helps reduce stress. So when you sit back down and resume the jobhunting process, you’re ready to go ahead.
- Ask for help. There are lots of people out there who will have some great advice, especially your recruiters. Most importantly, if you do feel stressed and feel like you are struggling, then reach out to friends or family. There are also many support organisations you can get in touch with who will be able to help, or just provide a listening ear, such as Samaritans or Mind. Jobhunting can be a lonely isolating experience, but there is a lot of truth in the saying ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’.
- Finally… keep at it! It can sometimes take a long time to find a job, but through perseverance and determination you will succeed. As we said at the start of this blog, the jobs market is definitely looking up as the economy opens up again, and employers will always need good staff.
For more help and advice about jobhunting, why not get in touch with the team at 24-7 Staffing. If you would like to sign up to 24-7 Staffing as a candidate – especially if you are looking for work in the driving, commercial, healthcare or industrial sectors – then you can register here with our new portal.