How To Stay Sane During The Job Search
Published: 15 Jan 2018
Searching for a new job can be extremely tough. As you navigate through your career, interview processes become more and more challenging and, indeed, varied. The more specialised you become, the more competition there is for each role you’re applying for and the whole thing can be quite demoralising for some. We’ve created this list to remind you that you ARE great and that all the feelings you’re feeling are completely NORMAL. So, how do you stay sane during the job search?
Structure your search and schedule tasks for yourself
An intense job search is not dissimilar to a full-time job. Help to decompartmentalise all of your responsibilities by creating a schedule for your life during this time. If you need to update your CV, schedule some time into your evening and dedicate it to this task and this task alone. Similarly, only search for jobs during certain hours. It can take over your life if you’re not careful and it can be particularly tiring if you’re working all day too.
Don’t put all your eggs in one basket
If you’re serious about looking for a new job, don’t just jump in all guns blazing with one opportunity because you think it might be the one. It might also be the one for someone else! Things can change so quickly during the recruitment process; roles evolve, thoughts and feelings towards the company change and so on and so forth. It’s really important that you consider every opportunity that falls into your path. Don’t disregard other roles because you think you might get this other job. There's also a fair chance that you won't get it for one reason or another and then you’ll really kick yourself for missing out. Be open.
Only pursue roles you’re genuinely interested in
There are people who say it’s good to interview regularly to keep yourself in practice, but when you’re on a serious job hunt, there’s no use wasting your time with opportunities that you’re not interested in. This will cause you a world of stress if you have an ounce of a conscience. Why waste everyone’s time if you’re not really bought into the opportunity? Be selective and put all of your energy into roles that you’re genuinely keen on. You’ll perform better for these interviews and in turn, boost your confidence for future interviews.
Put it in perspective
It can be disheartening getting rejected, especially if you put quite a bit of work into the interview process, but don’t lose sight of reality. There are a number of reasons why people are rejected at interview and it doesn’t mean that you’re crap at what you do. So many different factors come into play during the hiring process. Just remember that if you do get rejected it just means that that business simply wasn’t the right one for you and move on. Dwelling on it is pointless and counterproductive.
Talk about it
Share your journey with your friends and family! You might be puzzled by some feedback you’ve had or may be misinterpreting something that was said during an interview. Sharing this with others not only helps to give you another perspective, but it can also give you clarity and hope that a situation you may consider disappointing is actually completely normal. Everyone goes through this process at some point during their career. Most professionals will go through it multiple times, so share your experiences.
Positive mental attitude
This is important for your life generally! Always remain positive about every interview process, even if it’s not the most pleasant one. If you can put a positive spin on even the worst situation it can really help you to keep level-headed. The job search isn’t always going to go your way. You’re not going to get every job you really want. It’s tough! That’s life. You don’t need to get down about it.
Welcome criticism and accept advice
You’ll never learn if you don’t make a few mistakes. Constructive criticism is also vital, and you should always request feedback from recruiters. You’re constantly evolving as a person and by recognising areas of weakness, you can work on and improve this for next time. Don’t think you’re too good for advice either. You’re not! There will always be someone else who knows more than you do and people who have encountered different experiences. It’s crucial that you’re open to this. On this note, don’t discard every recruiter who approaches you about a role. Ask them questions if they're relevant. You’ll find they’ll be happy to impart some of their own knowledge.
There’s a few things that we hope you’ll consider as you make your way round the twists and turns of the job search. If you haven’t started looking for a new marketing job yet, discover which marketing job would be right for you and have a browse through our latest roles.