Is it just me or is there a lot of work related songs out there at the moment?
Okay universe, you’ve made yourself clear … stop with the lonely Netflix and chill every day and make a solid effort to get yourself a job.
To be fair, after hundreds of applications and numerous rejections I think I can be forgiven for losing some motivation throughout this process. Interview after interview, no call backs or straight out rejections – sure, binging on Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin seemed much more appealing than having to deal with yet another knockback!
Despite using this as my escape, I was still feeling stressed as the dollar figure in my bank account slowly dwindled. A dear friend of mine sent me this article featured on The Naked CEO which I found to be very useful. I wanted to share with you all their 8 tips to combat the stresses of job hunting, in case you ever find yourself in this position.
- Identify your concerns: You can’t control lack of feedback or scoring an interview so what are you stressed about? There’s other elements in your power which you can control and change.
- Organisation is key: Clarity of mind will only be instilled if you have a clear idea about what you want to achieve.
- Change your mentality: Don’t take things personally – everyone meets with job search rejection at some point in their lives.
- Get out and about: Locking yourself in your home will only compound the negatives. Join a charity or an industry networking organisation to keep your mind occupied in the meantime – you may even notice that more doors open for you via the new connections you meet.
- Learn to move on: Every day is a clean slate, learn from your mistakes and move on. Do not get bogged down by beating yourself up.
- Reward yourself: Instead of waiting until you find a job to reward yourself, give yourself a pat on the back along the way by setting minor goals and achieving them throughout the process.
- Healthy body, healthy mind: Exercise, eat healthy and get a good night’s sleep to ensure that your productivity and ability to cope with stressful situations is at its most efficient.
- Practice makes perfect: The more interviews you go on, the more confident you will become. You will be able to anticipate the types of questions you will be asked and readily prepare your responses.
In times of stress or anxiety, I would turn to these tips to help me through.
On that note, I would like to announce some exciting news.
I have been offered a 6 month marketing position which will commence in a couple of weeks. Although this isn’t permanent employment, I am looking forward to the new skillset I will gain from this role, and it certainly eases the stress regarding income for now.
I am very excited to get back into the routine of full time work and bring some normality back into my life!
Love & light to all 🙂