Updated: Jun 23
Finding that perfect job that would suit you is already a challenge in itself. When you add the effects of a pandemic to the equation, it can be really stressful and overwhelming, to the point where you might feel hopeless.
Are you having a difficult time finding work? Are you unsure which way to go? Do you have a strong desire to give up?
You are not alone.
Job search depression is a real issue, and it's not something to take lightly. Job-seeking stress has been connected to anxiety and depression, as well as other emotional and mental health difficulties. Unfortunately, it is a brutal cycle, as unemployment and depression are closely associated with each other. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even worse, as many lose their jobs and struggle mentally as a result.
You may feel frustrated, anxious, and gloomy about your future prospects as a result of your job searching. Your job search could be hampered even more by these complicated feelings and mood swings.
Low self-esteem can result from being rejected from job applications. It also inhibits you from truly accepting who you are as a person. This lack of confidence in your skills make it even more difficult for you to do well on job interviews.
Your poor performance in an interview shows your negative self-perceptions. Lack of confidence and self-doubt prevents you from putting your best foot forward and getting the job you want.
The longer you are unemployed, the more you grow discouraged about your chances of finding a job that you love and are passionate about.
Unfortunately, being unhappy can have a negative impact on other aspects of your life. If you're feeling bleak in your job search, it's not just about the job search. It can even extend to your personal life, relationships, as well as your growth as a person.
The good news is that there are a number of ways to handle job search depression. It could be manageable with the right mindset. Here are a few tips on how to deal with job search depression:
Have a plan for rejection
Sometimes we get the job, sometimes we don’t, and that’s alright. Having a plan that includes learning from the experience is the way to go. If you don’t get the job you are passionate about, you must have a plan that’s ready to pick yourself up. Reflect on the experience and use it towards your self-growth.
Being organized will help you not feel too overwhelmed with your job search. Staying organized will help you balance your responsibilities and priorities. Break down the complex parts of the job search into smaller, more manageable chunks that will make the process less intimidating.
Always remember that job searching can take a while, but it won’t last forever. It’s just something that doesn’t happen overnight. It is normal for you to feel discouraged when you feel like there is no progress in your search. Analyze the situation and focus on the things that you have control over. Don’t try to change what cannot be controlled, as this is a waste of energy and can make you more anxious. Practice positive self-talk, and concentrate on your emotions and thoughts in the present.
Ask for emotional support
Having someone to vent out to, like a family member or a friend, can provide you with the emotional support you need during your job search. These people can help and guide you whenever you’re about to give up, or when you feel unsure of what to do next.
Take a breather
Feelings of tiredness and burnout might result from a never-ending job search. Your job search will be hampered by fear and anxiety. Always remember to give yourself a break. Take good care of yourself. Managing your stress requires eating a nutritious diet, getting enough sleep, and practicing good hygiene.
You're more than just a job. Don't let your sentiments of hopelessness about your job search lead to emotional tiredness and burnout. Keep in mind that your current circumstance does not define you, regardless of the outcome of your job search or the amount of rejections you've received.