Managing Your Mental Well Being While Job-Searching

April 13, 2020

The tech industry has seen rapid growth spurts in the past couple of years. CNBC highlights how the tech industry is expected to generate the most money, products, and jobs over the next 10 years. Indeed, it is an industry fraught with opportunity, as Maryville University details that the overall job growth in software alone is expected to hit 17% by the year 2024. And while this may mean that more and more jobs will be ripe for the taking, it also entails a hypercompetitive job hunting market.

We can go on and on about practical tips to increase your chances of landing a job with a top tech company, but we think it's more important to address a topic that's not often talked about when discussing the job-hunting process. Inc highlights how job searching and depression go hand in hand, as it puts you in a constant state of stress and anxiety that'll take a toll on your mental health if left unattended.

This has become increasingly true due to recent events, as the world is currently grappling with the current pandemic. As of this writing, the virus has affected over 1.6 million people from all over the globe, putting economies at a standstill. The New York Times details how the United States' economy could take a huge hit due to the virus, which will then make it harder to find a job. It's also instilling a general sense of anxiety in individuals across countries, especially those at risk of losing their jobs.

So given the dire situation, how then will we manage our own well-being while still pursuing a job? Luckily, we've got just the thing for you as we've put together a list of tips that you can follow to help you manage your mental well-being while searching for a job during these trying times!

Organization is Key

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Sometimes you may feel like you've completely lost all control during the job hunting process. You are at the mercy of the companies that you applied for and the time you spend waiting for a response can quickly escalate into a fit of extreme anxiety. One thing you can do to alleviate this anxiety is by organizing and planning out each step of the job searching process. By sticking to a schedule, you regain a semblance of control.

This is also a way to set boundaries to ensure that the job-hunting process doesn't completely take over your life. You can take this as an opportunity to schedule in some downtime for you to rest and recover from the grueling interviews and applications. Not being able to go out doesn't mean that you should let the whole job-hunting process take over your life.

Commit to Self Care

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Speaking of downtime, a little break from job hunting can go a long way into helping your mental well-being. Simple Habit highlights how even a quick five-minute break can do wonders with helping you deal with anxiety and frustration. Remember this the next time you're feeling overwhelmed by the whole process. And while you may be thinking this is counterproductive to finding a job, approaching the application process when you're not at 100% is a recipe for disaster.

So why not practice a little self-care and take a break? It doesn't have to be anything big. While this may seem difficult due to the practice of social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus, there are things you can do at home to unwind and relax. Maybe you can watch that film you've been meaning to see or just lounge around and read a good book. Allow yourself to tune out the problems of the world, even if it's just for an hour or two. There's no wrong way to do it, as long as you feel relaxed you should come back feeling better when you do start looking for a job again.

Look at Things From a Different Perspective

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We understand that these times are tough on everyone. And while it's easier said than done, one of the best things you can do is try to look on the bright side. The Guardian points out that a healthy dose of optimism has a slew of benefits, ranging from the physical to the mental. Now, the question is how do you look on the bright side?

Well, you just have to look at things from a different perspective. With every employer that turns you down, remember to think that it leaves you open for something that could potentially be better. When it comes to the current global pandemic, there is no denying that many lives will be upended and there's no way of rationalizing that. However, you now have the luxury of exploring new opportunities from the comfort of your home. And when you do land a job, you are immediately afforded the perk of working from home, something that not all companies let their workers do. Look at the glass half full, not half empty.

Ask For Help

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Everyone needs help sometimes. However, asking for it isn't always the easiest thing to do. Researchers from Swansea University found that people, mostly men, have a hard time expressing that they aren't coping with the hardships that come with poor mental health. This is what causes most cases to worsen, as people who refuse to talk about their issues often spiral into bouts of depression and anxiety. This is why we can't state enough how important it is to talk to someone about what you're going through. It can be a friend who's been in a tough spot when it comes to job hunting or even a paid professional -- any form of help will go a long way. However, if you do see that your condition is worsening, seeking professional help may be the best thing to do.

And while face-to-face interactions should be avoided, this is a perfect opportunity to maximize the technology that we have at our disposal. Take this time to call your friends and have a quick chat with them. For all you know, a quick call with a friend will also do them some good in times like these.

Landing the job is only the first step. If you want to excel, you'll have to navigate your way around the landscape of the working world. If you want to learn more about this, check out Roi Chobadi's article on managing your career in a talent-first world!

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