How to Stay Calm During Job Search with These Tips

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The process of job searching and the associated application phase can sometimes become a real challenge. Especially, when you’ve been laid off or have been searching for a job for a while, receiving numerous rejections or even no feedback at all. I vividly remember those times after university when I embarked on my job search journey and each rejection seemed to chip away at my self-confidence.

Application stress

This job application stress isn’t a phenomenon that only affected me. The reasons for job application stress can be diverse:

Unrealistic Timelines: The start of the application phase often comes with great enthusiasm. The anticipation of landing your dream job is immense, but when the response is lacking and interview invitations don’t follow, it can dent your self-confidence.

Inappropriate Job Offers: Given the multitude of job boards and online offers, it’s essential to clearly define the type of position you’re seeking. Uncertainty can complicate the search and reduce your chances of finding the ideal job. As a coach, I’m here to assist my clients in clarifying their career goals.

Inadequate Documentation: A job application is rarely flawless, yet the urge for perfection often leads to self-doubt and increasing stress. I spent hours scrutinizing and optimizing every detail of my application. Each time I thought it was finally perfect, I discovered another aspect I wanted to improve. This endless pursuit of perfection resulted in growing uncertainty about the adequacy of my application.

Remember, a rejection doesn’t reflect your worth. Many factors play into a hiring decision. Ask yourself how crucial the job truly is. A rejection doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the world.

Frustration from Waiting: Waiting for responses after sending out applications can be frustrating, especially when rejections are absent as well. The uncertainty can have a negative impact on your mental well-being. The longer the application phase persists, the greater the frustration becomes. Some applicants eventually give up, feeling trapped in a downward spiral.

Job applications require patience. Large companies often take their time in the selection process. It’s important to accept that feedback might take a while to arrive.

Successfully Dealing with Interview Stress

Job interviews are certainly not something eagerly anticipated. Nonetheless, a few preventive measures can help you manage the stress and ensure that you’re well-prepared when facing the interviewers.

Accept stress

The first step is to accept the stress to a certain extent. Nervousness before an upcoming interview shows that you’re engaged and can motivate you to conduct more thorough research and better preparation.

Identify whether you have fears related to a specific aspect of the interview or the overall process. Try to visualize the day of the conversation. Where could potential pitfalls be? That you might be thrown off by an unexpected question?

Feel free not to rush to answer as quickly as possible. You can also ask for clarification before answering if needed. After giving your response, you can inquire if your answer was understandable.

Once you’ve recognized what precisely triggers your fears, take some time to consider how you can handle these stress triggers. For instance, you could delve into commonly asked interview questions and practice your answers, or connect with someone in the industry who can provide insights into typical questions.

Also, arranging a mock interview with a friend, family member, or professional career coach can be helpful. This can make you more familiar with the process and allow you to practice your answers and body language.

Thorough Research

One of the best ways for me to cope with stress ahead of an interview is to prepare myself to contribute meaningful insights and ask insightful questions. Make sure you understand the company and the role you’re aspiring for, and how they fit into the bigger picture. Consider which past experiences align well with the position. When your thoughts are organized, you’ll feel prepared and ready for the interview, which can help alleviate nervousness.

Prepare for Success

Lastly, take some time for yourself before the interview to relax. If you feel overwhelmed, take a few deep breaths. Assume an attentive, open posture and smile. Smiling can be a simple way to appear more self-assured and at ease during an interview.

Instead of viewing the interview as a series of questions you must answer like in an exam, try to approach it as a conversation.

Keep in mind that you’re prepared and qualified; otherwise, you wouldn’t be here. Take a moment to remind yourself of this before you start the interview.

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