While searching for a job can be an exciting time, it is also often a long and emotional process that may bring anxiety, uncertainty and/or rejection as you find the right fit. For Mental Health Awareness Month, we are to sharing five tips to help you take care of your mental health as you job hunt.
1. Use your time wisely
You’ve likely heard the expression “searching for a job is a full-time job.” And with any job, you need breaks! Giving yourself space to rest and think about things other than your job search not only mitigates stress but helps avoid making simple mistakes that come with being overworked or rushing through a process. Set realistic deadlines and routines to get the most out of the time you spend searching.
2. Organize everything
There are many things you can’t control in the job search process, but there are a few things you can control that will help you feel capable and empowered. Use physical or online tools such as folders, notebooks, Google Drive and Excel spreadsheets to organize your application materials (including resume, cover letters, references, portfolios, etc.) and track your applications. We also suggest saving a copy of the job description for your records in case it’s no longer posted once your interview gets scheduled.
Job searching is an individual effort that may feel lonely at times, but you’re not the only one! Get support and encouragement from other job seekers and professionals by joining in-person or virtual groups and events. You can check out available networking groups and event opportunities on Meetup, Eventbrite and Facebook.
4. Celebrate wins
The ultimate goal is to get hired, but there are many steps that lead to a job offer. Celebrate interviews for the achievements of answering tough questions, making new professional connections and developing communication skills. Celebrating can help you stay optimistic as you continue applying and interviewing.
5. Get support
You don’t have to go through the job search process alone. At the Workforce Partnership, we have career centers with computers, printers and phones, plus staff who can help provide resources and support. Visit the career center nearest you to learn more.
If you’re looking for support with your mental health, the County of San Diego offers free services to all residents.