The typical job search can be a roller-coaster of emotions: You’ll move quickly from the highs of acceptance to the lows of disappointment. For the sake of your job search and for the sake of your own sanity, you need to be able to keep on an even emotional keel.
So, how do you deal with your emotions so that they work for you, as opposed to against you? The best approach to handling your emotions is to understand them and how they influence your behavior.
Getting a handle on your emotions in any situation starts with maintaining a strong, healthy self-image. In a job search, this means embracing your talents, strengths, passions and achievements. Steer clear of jobs that go against your own self-image. Pay attention to your feelings during various stages, reflect on how those feelings tie to your self-image and adapt accordingly. Realize that some days are better than others. Take full advantage of the days when you feel empowered and give yourself space to get better when your energy is low.
For better or worse, people don’t see us the same way we see ourselves. For job seekers, that means you must present yourself in the best light possible, without being dishonest.
Make certain that your online and offline personas line up. Don’t get into childish fights on social media and then try to claim you’re mature at the job interview. Think about your tone, choice of words, and timing. Get feedback the ways you present yourself so you can make adjustments if necessary. Delete any unprofessional material from all of your social media profiles.
Embrace social life
A big part of professional life involves social interaction and healthy social interaction is a big part of mental health. Therefore, maintaining and growing your social relationships can both help relieve the stress of a job search, and help you to hone your social skills.
Get used to really listening to others and giving your full attention when someone is talking. Ask questions and be curious about other people. Try to put yourself in someone else’s shoes when listening to their concerns.
Have healthy habits
Take a proactive approach to stress by maintaining healthy habits. Get regular exercise. Eat healthy. Avoid drinking too much alcohol or using drugs. Try out meditation or make room for ‘quiet time’ in your life. Talk to other people about your feelings instead of keeping them bottled up.
Make smart, not emotional decisions
It’s important to follow your passions when making career decisions, but you don’t want to make bad choices based purely on emotions.
When making career decisions, rely on your support network to give you honest feedback and provide you with information. Considering the input and feedback of others helps to reduce the emotional component of decision-making.
At NSC Technologies, we aim to reduce job seekers’ stress levels by providing them with career opportunities and coaching them toward their career objectives. If you are currently stressed out over a job search, please contact us today.