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How to relieve job search stress

How to relieve job search stress

April is Stress Awareness Month, and there’s never been a more stressful time for the country than right now as we face an uncertain future amid the COVID-19 pandemic. For many of us, that uncertainty includes career. More people out of work means this is a particularly challenging time for job seekers, so we’ve put together a list of tips to relieve stress during your job search.

Leave time for self-care

Remembering to look after yourself is just as important when you’re job hunting as at any other time. Common advice is to spend eight hours a day on the job search and application process, roughly the same as the average working day. But it’s still important to take breaks- go for a walk, do some exercise, call a friend, anything that will help you with motivation and energy.

Use online networks

The benefits of LinkedIn and other social media platforms might not be fully utilised in a traditional job search. But with social distancing measures in place, people are more receptive to growing their virtual network, meaning you have more opportunities to connect with the right people. Joining social media groups and just networking with others can also be a great tip to help relieve stress at a time when you’re separated from friends and family.

Plan ahead

With so many people working from home, phone and Skype interviews are inevitable, so it’s essential that you tackle these things now to minimise stress when it comes to the interview. Make sure you’ve had plenty of practice talking on the phone and in video calls until you’re comfortable and that you have a quiet space to conduct video interviews.

Know your triggers

Everyone deals with stress differently, and the job search process can leave you feeling emotional or frustrated. Think about which situations cause you the most stress and try to come up with an effective coping strategy. For example, if you experience a lack of motivation when you don’t hear back from an interview, it can lead to you doubting yourself and affect your future prospects. If you know this is something that heightens your stress levels, you could ask the interviewer directly when you can expect to receive feedback.

Looking for a new job is stressful at any time but remembering to take time for yourself and your emotional wellbeing is so important right now to make sure you can cope with the interview process and that you’re ready to take on new challenges with the right job comes along.

Juice Personnel is here to support clients and candidates through this tough time with our dedicated team on hand with the best recruitment advice. For more information, get in touch on 01924 377 500 or email us at [email protected].

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