Is Stress Costing You Jobs?

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Looking for a job can be exciting.  You never know which company might invite you in for an interview and the possibilities are endless.  However, when your job search is not going well, the whole process can be physically, emotionally and financially draining.  The problem is that once the stress starts to wear you down, it becomes much more difficult for you to stay positive, which makes it even less likely that you will be successful.  It is a vicious cycle but if you are aware of it you can put on the brakes.  Here are some tips that will help you manage the job search process without getting overwhelmed by the stress of it all:

Take care of yourself.  Your ability to handle stress is largely impacted by the way that you care for your body.  If you eat healthy food, exercise regularly, and get enough sleep, you will feel better, have more energy and it will be easier for you weather the challenges that you experience while looking for a job.

Get organized.  The stark fact is that your dream job is probably not going to just fall into your lap; you need to have a plan and be organized in your job search efforts.  If you know what you are going to be doing each day, not only will you feel better about your job search, but your efforts will be a lot more focused and effective.

Spend time with positive people.  When you are feeling vulnerable, the people that you choose to spend time with can make a huge difference in your outlook.  At these times it is important for you to avoid people that stress you out and to surround yourself with people who make you feel good.  Sometimes a few encouraging words can be all that you need to get you out of a funk.

Be aware of your thought patterns.  Too often it is the thoughts that go through our own minds that sabotage us the most.  Pay attention to your thoughts and make a conscious effort to keep them positive.  Instead of focusing on the struggles, focus on the opportunities.  Most importantly, try to accept that you will not be offered every position that you apply for.  Rejection is a part of the process and will bring you closer to the position that is the best fit for you.

Keep your eye on the prize.  There is no doubt about it; the job search process is tedious, frustrating, time consuming and at times downright unpleasant.  However, if it does in fact lead you to your dream job, then it is well worth the effort.  Keep your career goal at the top of your mind and you will feel better about the hoops that you have to jump through to get there.

After all is said and done, the key is to keep everything in perspective.  Your career is important but it is still just one aspect of your life.  You don’t want to let it take over your whole life or impact the way that you view yourself as a person.  Also, try not to forget that this stage of your life is temporary.  While it may feel like it is taking forever for you to get a job, it will happen for you and the emotional roller coaster that you are on right now will soon become a distant memory.

(Written by Karen Bivand, Image Courtesy of ioshpere at FreeDigitalPhotos.net)

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