In this article, we’ll cover the warning signs that you may be experiencing job search anxiety and the ways to reduce it.
It’s important to know the difference between the frustration and nerves that happen during any job search and the anxiety that can impact your mental health.
Here are some warning signs that you may be experiencing job search anxiety:
It’s important to note that these feelings can arise for anyone during the job search process. It becomes a more important issue once it persists and impacts your ability to live your daily life, as you used to.
In the next section, we’ll cover ways to reduce your anxiety and regain control over your job search.
When you have a full-time (or even part-time) job, you’re expected to stick to a schedule. That can be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., or something else. The point is, you stick to those hours.
The issue many job seekers face during the job hunt is that it bleeds into their everyday lives. Just as it’s important to have work/life balance, it’s key that you follow a routine that allows you to disconnect.
This will ensure you have time to nurture yourself outside of “work” through socializing, hobbies, and more.
When you’re looking for a job, you’re not just looking. You’re sending emails, researching companies and hiring managers, reaching out to your network, making new connections, and more.
It can be overwhelming and that can translate into anxiety.
As you tackle your tasks throughout the day, fit in some wins that will keep you motivated. This can be related or unrelated to your job search, like:
Whatever it is that you can accomplish and brings you joy, fit it into your schedule.
Pro-tip: Schedule it whenever you tend to experience slumps in your day. The boost of energy you’ll get is arguably better than any cup of coffee.
Looking for a new job means facing rejection.
Although it’s hard to keep this in mind, there are so many factors and variables – outside of your control – that impact the candidates hiring managers consider for a role. As such, just because you were rejected, doesn’t mean the team didn’t like you.
Catch yourself when you think or say things like “What am I doing wrong?” Instead, take every interaction with companies as an opportunity to learn.
It can also help to remember that every “no” gets you one step closer to your “yes.”
When you find an opportunity that seemingly aligns with what you’re looking for, it’s easy to get excited and start to fantasize about it.
As mentioned before, there are countless factors that influence hiring managers’ decisions. Don’t commit to one company unless they’ve committed to you via a job offer.
Operating with flexibility and adaptability will allow you to stay motivated despite the disappointment that can come with job searching.
Once you’ve clocked out for the day, it’s important to participate in activities that will destress your nervous system and re-energize you.
While you may be tempted to go on social media, don’t. Often, we end up distracting ourselves with stimuli from binge-watching Netflix or scrolling on TikTok rather than relaxing.
Here are some better alternatives:
If your current strategy still has you feeling anxious, switch something up.
For example, maybe sitting at home all day isn’t productive for you. Perhaps, you’ll work better at a coffee shop or in a park.
Not getting much traction with your resume? Try hiring a resume writer or having a colleague review it.
It’s common to feel stuck during the job search, which can lead to anxiety. Adapting your strategy can help ease some of this and make you feel empowered during your process.
If you find yourself still struggling and don’t know where to go next, reach out for help.
Job search anxiety is incredibly common and you shouldn’t face it alone. Consider reaching out to a therapist who can help you discover new ways of experiencing this journey.
Within your own community, reach out to friends and family. While they won’t always understand what you’re going through, they can offer the support you need.