How to Relieve Stress When Job Hunting

Job hunting can be a tough and painful time for anyone. Irrelevant of how experienced you are or how much you know about recruitment, it can still be stressful. Thankfully, there are a few vital tips that can help ease the tension. Here’s how to relieve stress when job hunting.

Plan Your Job Hunt

Don’t scatter gun your search. Create a full plan for your job hunt. Updating your LinkedIn profile, CV & cover letter are a great place to start. This will give you a solid idea of what you can offer your next company.

Don’t worry about job hunting during every waking hour. It’s detrimental. Create a schedule to help manage your time. Set aside a few hours each week for hunting and don’t overdo it. There’s more to your life than your next career move.

Be Fully Prepared

Preparation is key to stress relief. Do your research and understand all there is to know about a company. You’ll go in confident and nail your interview.

Read up on the sector, understand market tends. How well do you know the history of the company? What about the people themselves? If you know the names of your interviewers, check them out on LinkedIn, have they published any articles in your sector? The more you know in advance, the more confident you’ll feel in the interview.

Learn How to Sell Yourself

How often have you used adjectives to describe yourself when you’re in an interview? Saying you’re ‘hard working’, ‘passionate’ and ‘committed’ is meaningless if you can’t support these statements.

Learn how to sell yourself. The more confident you are at supporting any statements you make, the less anxious you’ll feel about an interview. Work out what stories or events prove your resilience. Make it personal, relevant and memorable. Think about the times you’ve overcome challenges and learn how to explain this.

One of the most worrying things about an interview is the inability to answer difficult questions. Having a practised, articulated answer to cover the obvious questions will give you a competitive advantage.

Ask Lots of Questions

One of the biggest worries about finding a new job is the jump into the unknown. There’s an easy resolution to this. If you’re savvy in the interview, you’ll learn as much as you can about a job.

Ask as many questions as you can and get as much information as possible. Find out about the role, the business, progression, metrics for success and of course the culture. Ask what it’s like to work there. Ask the interviewer what they think is great about the company.

An interview should be a two-way conversation. You’re not just there to answer questions, you’re there to ask them too. The more you know, the less concerned you’ll be about moving roles.

Know What You Don’t Want

What do you want? It’s a question you’ve probably thought about a lot. You could probably answer it in your sleep. Let’s rephrase, what don’t you want? This is an important point to consider. Know your limits. Know where the deal breakers are and stick to them. This will help focus your job hunt and prevent you from wasting time applying for jobs that aren’t appropriate.

Give 100%

When looking for a job, it can be easy to focus on your past rather than your future. Stop worrying about the awkwardness of asking for days off. Why are you concerned about this? You’re looking to leave the company anyway. While you’re sat idle in your role, someone else could be securing the job you’ve been dreaming of. If you’re going to make the move, give it 100%.

Just Do It!

No, we’re not receiving ad revenue from Nike (yet!). The message does actually resonate here though. Don’t sit stationary in a role you don’t enjoy. There’s a high demand for quality candidates. Taking the first steps is the most difficult part. Once you get there, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to get started.

Now, stop stressing and get out there. We can help you find your next opportunity. Have a browse of our job board to get a feel for the type of vacancies we currently have on offer.