Learning to Stay Sane During the Job Hunt

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It’s easy to feel stressed or frustrated when the job hunt starts to drag on longer than expected. Even the most resilient professionals can begin to question their abilities after a month of trawling job sites with no luck, particularly if you’ve already been turned down for more than one position.

But no matter what, it’s important that you don’t let the job search get you down. Now, it’s simple enough for us to say ‘stay positive’ but this is easier said than done. So instead, we thought we’d share with you our top tips for staying sane during your job search.

Follow the simple steps below for keeping your cool and you’ll be able to approach your job search with a fresh outlook each day.

Learning to Stay Sane During the Job Hunt

1. Don’t spend all day job hunting

While you want to be thorough when searching for a job, you also don’t want to burn yourself out. It’s important that you don’t spend all day everyday job hunting as this can become frustrating and overwhelming.

The best way to combat this is to set yourself specific times during the week that you’d dedicate to the job hunt. Perhaps treat it like a workday, making sure you take regular breaks and giving yourself a few days off, particularly at the weekend.


2. Use your free time wisely

If you’re not studying or working in another position, it’s a good idea to be productive during your downtime. This can help to get you away from the job search while simultaneously contribute to your career in a positive way.

But what do we mean by ‘productive’? Well, you could take an online course to boost your skillset, like something in fundraising, marketing or customer service. You could also spend some of your free time volunteering at a local charity or initiative—this always looks great on your CV!


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3. Clear your mind

Between the stress of the job search, the worry of being unemployed forever and the rejection from the jobs you really wanted, you’re certainly going to need to clear your head every now and then.

Everyone is different but taking some time out from your job search to exercise, even if that’s just a slow walk through the park, can give you the space and clarity you need to stay sane and keep searching.

Alternatively, spend some time doing something you love like reading a book or watching your favourite series. Just don’t forget to relax and dedicate some time to clearing your mind of all the stressors.


4. Be proactive

It can be tempting to sign up to a job board or two, fire off a load of applications and then sit back and wait. But this isn’t going to give you the best results. Plus, if you don’t hear back you can be left feeling disheartened and deflated.

Instead, take a proactive approach to your job search. Is there a particular charity you really want to work for? Great! Get on their website and see if they’re hiring. If they haven’t advertised any positions, reach out and get in touch to see if they have anything to offer.

You never know what opportunities a proactive stance can open up for you and it could even cut your job search short by helping you to find your dream role.

Learning to Stay Sane During the Job Hunt

5. Learn from rejection

If you are rejected for a job, don’t let it set you on a downward spiral that ultimately ends up in you hiding under a duvet cover for an hour.

Instead, try to keep a positive outlook and know the right job will come along. To help you learn from these experiences, ask the recruiter for feedback—there’s always something to gain from rejection, even if it’s not immediately obvious.

Perhaps they’ll be able to give you some good insight into how you can improve your CV or interview techniques for next time. Maybe you just need to spend some more time studying the job requirements and tweaking your CV accordingly.


Don’t let the job hunt defeat you

Even when things are feeling hopeless, remember, you’ll find the right job for you it’s just that sometimes these things take time.

Follow our top tips above to break up the job search, clear your head and boost your chances of finding your dream job. And if you’re feeling confident enough to keep applying, check out what charities are hiring today.

Andrew Fennell

Andrew Fennell is an experienced recruiter and founder of CV and careers advice websites StandOut CV and Job description library, as well as being a regular contributor to sites such as CV Library, The Guardian and Business Insider.

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