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5 Ways to Deal with Job Search Disappointment

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It’s hard to look for a new job, especially in these tough times when economies are struggling to survive all around the world.

There is always the fear of the unknown, and the anxiety and frustration that follow can take a toll on anyone.

It is natural to feel that way. However, there are things you can do to deal with disappointment.

Here are 5 ways to deal with job search disappointment: 

1) Formulate a Structure

Human beings are designed to want certainty in their lives. If we don't know where our next job is and whether we will get it, it can bring us down. If you introduce a schedule in your life, it can help you structure it.

By adding a structure to your life, you are promoting feelings of self-efficacy, which will help in the long run.

2) Break Down the Tasks

The more organised you become, the less likely you are to feel overwhelmed. For instance, you may want to research more about the company, especially if you have already landed a job interview.

By breaking down the process into manageable tasks, you are less likely to feel daunted.

3) Take a Break

Perhaps you have many jobs you want to apply for but don’t how to tackle them. Sure, it might seem like a good idea to apply for them all at once. But it might not pan out. You might get burned out, and this could have serious repercussions. In such a case, you should take a break and work on other things, such as networking with other people.

Getting a job is essential, but not at the cost of your health.

4) Look for Emotional Support

The job search can bring up feelings of hopelessness and anxiety. If you entertain them, they can overpower you. Your stress levels will skyrocket and you might spiral into depression.

Turn to a friend or family member and talk to them about how you are feeling. They might be able to uplift your mood.

5) Understand What Triggers You

Evaluate what instances make you feel stressed. Ask yourself if you feel more anxious when you don’t hear back from the interview. Perhaps the longer the time elapses, the more demotivated you become. You have to work around this by asking the interviewer how long it would take to hear back.

The goal is to identify your weak points and prepare so that it does not take a toll on your emotional well-being.  

Remember, the road to getting a job can seem pretty tough. You might want to give up and let the frustrations overpower you. However, it is just a hiccup along the way. Who knows? You might only be a couple of days away from landing your dream job.  

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