Job hunting is an intense process that can really mess with your mood. It can become a lesson in dealing with rejection and questioning yourself and your professional abilities.
Here are three reasons why a job search is so frustrating, and how to deal with them:
1) You feel like you’re making no progress.
Does it seem like you’re just spinning your wheels, applying for job after job, and going nowhere with your search? This can erode your confidence and self-esteem in a big way. Alleviate this negativity by ensuring that you at least get some feedback for all your efforts.
- Narrow your search to a specific job title and a company profile that interests you. It’s easy to cast too wide a net. Take the opposite approach. For instance, instead of stating that you “want to be a data analyst,” note that you “want to be a data analyst at a start-up company with less than 100 employees.” It’s better to be too specific than too general.
- Use LinkedIn’s advanced people search to find people who work in your dream job. Then, send them a message saying you’re interested in what they do and would like to hear more. Set up an informational interview. After talking to them, if your goal still makes good sense to you, ask if they know of anyone who’s hiring. Be nice, and not too pushy. If they ask for your resume, of course, pass it along. Follow up with a thank you note.
2) It makes you angry.
Channel job search-related anger into positive thinking, so you can make it work for you. The first step is to go ahead and get mad – and then get over it. Then, you can move forward.
- Find healthy outlets for your anger. Vent to a trusted friend, take up running or hard hits to a punching bag at the gym, or whatever else you need to release pent-up frustration. One caveat: Do no harm. Maybe have one glass of wine or a large bowl of death by chocolate ice cream, but no extreme behavior! Acknowledge that anger and then transition into a more positive mindset. Hint: you may just develop some good habits in the process, such as that yoga practice you’ve been meaning to start for so long.
3) It makes you self-centered.
A big part of coping with frustration is keeping things in perspective. You may feel like you’re the only one whose life feels horrible right now. But if you step back and take a pause, you’ll realize that you have a lot to be thankful for.
- Practice gratitude. That’s right: It takes practice. Gratitude doesn’t always come naturally, especially when your career seems to be in a downward spiral. Choose to focus on the good things in your life. Think big picture – beyond just your work.
- Help others. Volunteer or perform informal acts of community service. This shifts your awareness to the world outside your own life. Seeing the challenges that others face provides a realistic sense of perspective. And, studies have shown that altruistic acts have both mental and physical health benefits.
Are you having a frustrating job search?
If you need to chase frustration and reenergize your job search, contact the recruitment experts at TRC Professional Solutions today. With a proven track record of success in technology, engineering, marketing and logistics, we’ll help you find your next great opportunity.