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6 Tips to Reduce Job Hunting Overwhelm

Looking for a job can be stressful.

That’s right.

Whether you’re about to look for a new job after you change careers or just want to change companies, searching for the perfect role can put your nerves to the test.

The good news is that it can also be a fun and exciting adventure if you know how to manage job search stress.

So, to help you get started and find the job of your dreams, we’ve listed below six ways to overcome job-searching anxiety.

And who knows, after implementing these tips, you might even enjoy the process 😉

Break Down Your Job Search Tasks

Creating your CV or updating it, looking for jobs, reaching out to recruitment agencies, crafting your cover letters, sending your applications, following up if you don’t hear back, remembering where you’ve applied, and preparing for potential phone and face-to-face interviews.

All of these tasks can seem daunting. Especially if you read them like you just did.

Now, how do you feel if we break each down like this:

  • Step 1: Look for five profiles of people with a similar background on LinkedIn for inspiration.
  • Step 2: Write down the key things you like about each one of these profiles. It could be their “Career Profile” section or how they present their employment history.
  • Step 3: Set 2 hours aside and work on your CV. Step back for a bit and get back to it for 30 minutes to tweak and proofread it. Ask your friends or family to read through it and share their feedback.
  • Step 4: Jump on job-hunting websites and look for jobs.
  • Step 5: Open an excel spreadsheet and list all of the jobs you’re interested in, including the role title, the company’s name, the link to the ad, the date you’ve applied, and the date you’ve followed up if necessary.
  • Step 6: List all of the recruitment agencies that specialise in your preferred industry or technical capabilities.
  • Step 7: Contact them and add the information to your master spreadsheet.
  • Step 8: Work on your cover letter and tweak it for each role.
  • Step 9: Apply, and don’t forget to enter the date in your master spreadsheet
  • Step 10: Prepare for potential interviews.

Breaking down bigger tasks into smaller achievable tasks will give you a guideline to follow and help you make these big tasks more manageable. Besides, you’ll feel relieved as you go through each one of them and tick them off your list of things to do!

Focus On What You Can Control

It’s so easy to get lost in your own thoughts when looking for a job.

How long is it going to take for you to find a job?

Is the company going to like your CV? Is the manager or HR going to call you? And if they aren’t, why aren’t they?

These are all things that are out of your control. You can’t predict how long it will take to find the perfect role. And neither can you speculate as to why the hiring manager hasn’t been in touch yet.

However, what you can do is think of actionable steps you can take to fast-track the process and ensure you land a job quickly.

For instance, you could contact companies that haven’t gotten back to you and ask for feedback. This will help you improve your application and do better next time.

And rather than focusing your energy on wondering whether a company will get back to you, keep looking for the right fit and applying for jobs. This will keep your mind busy and might pay off quicker than expected!

Read Success Stories

Feeling disheartened because you haven’t received any feedback after applying for a few jobs?

A great way to get out of the funk is to read success stories. Reading about others’ struggles and how they overcame obstacles can be inspiring, reenergising, and empowering.

And it can really help you shift your mindset and embrace the job-hunting process.

Nobody said it was easy but keep your chin up and persevere, as it’s all worth it in the end.

Practice For Potential Job Interviews

Preparing for potential job interviews can help significantly reduce your anxiety levels because it allows you to feel ready and in control should someone call you in for an interview.

After all, there’s nothing more stressful than feeling unprepared when meeting with potential employers.

So, to increase your odds of nailing your first interview and landing your dream job in no time, conduct a mock interview. Review all the questions hiring managers could ask and prepare your answers. Then rehearse to your heart’s content until you feel ready!

This will help you build confidence and greatly ease your anxiety, as you won’t be worried about attending potential interviews as much during your job search.

Take Regular Breaks

We know how it can be. You put your head down, start applying for roles, and become obsessed with getting a job.

While we commend your perseverance and motivation, focusing on your job search every second of the day can increase your anxiety. So, make sure to incorporate regular breaks into your job-hunting process.

For instance, allocate two hours a day to job hunting. Once you’re done, step out, go for a walk with friends, get some fresh air, read a book or watch a tutorial about how paint dries (I’m joking, don’t). This will allow you to reset and ground yourself, helping you release tension and stress.

Partner With A Recruitment Agency

At Keenpeople, we specialise in connecting talented candidates with employers seeking to fill cyber and cloud-based security roles.

But as a passionate team of tech and cyber security recruitment specialists, our mission is much more than that. It’s all about taking the hassle of job hunting away and guiding you through the recruitment process so that you can focus on yourself and be at the top of your game when meeting potential employers.

Relying on our extensive network in the tech and cyber security field, we’ll help you find the perfect role when it comes to skill set and company culture.


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