How to keep emotions in check during the job search

How to keep emotions in check during the job search

There may come a day when individuals realize what they do for a living is not as fulfilling as they thought it would be. After reviewing the results of a career test and doing a lot of soul-searching, they could be on the path to a job that is right for them and, as a result, will lead to a better life.

However, just because jobseekers know what they want to do with the rest of their life does not mean they will track down an opening right away. In fact, in the current economy – with its national unemployment rate of 8.3 percent – it may be a long time before individuals locate their dream job.

During a difficult job search, some jobseekers may wrestle with anxiety or depression, while others feel anxious, or as if there is something wrong with them. However, when opportunities are scarce, it is important for individuals to stay positive and not lose sight of their career goals.

Recently, Julie Kantor, chief strategy officer for the social recruiting service Barrel of Jobs, took to The Huffington Post to offer her advice to any jobseekers who are letting their emotions get the better of them. For instance, if job prospects look bleak, she suggested these individuals contact a friend or hire a career coach for help getting their search back on the right track.

At the same time, Kantor believes it is important for jobseekers to stay determined during their job search. If they are having trouble maintaining a positive attitude, she advised them to focus on daily action items, such as reaching out to recruiters.

According to U.S. News and World Report, taking a moment to exercise, meditate or do something fun with friends may also help jobseekers stay calm and focused on the task at hand.

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