Job searching when you’re employed can be hard enough, but job searching while unemployed can be soul crushing. If you don’t have an in-demand skill set, it can be heartbreaking. You apply and apply and get nothing but rejections or spam emails in response.
It really can be draining to your sanity when you’re job searching when you put in all this effort and get little to nothing out of it.
So, what do you do to keep your sanity while job searching? Keep reading to find out.
How to Keep Your Sanity While Job Searching
I’m in the middle of job searching right now and I’m also smack in the middle of being unemployed for the second time in my life. The first time lasted for over a year before I was hired on part time to the company I was just let go of. Being unemployed is something I’m scared of, in fact. This government bonus is the only thing keeping my afloat right now.
There are a few things you can do to keep your sanity while job searching. It might hurt, it might get tough, but you have to push through the pain and depression in order to get on the other side of this.
Treat it Like a Job
Treating your job search like a job the whole way through is something I struggle with. After the first month of two I start to get more and more depressed that I’m never going to get out of the situation and my inner thoughts engulf me. This makes me want to apply to jobs less and less.
What you have to do is treat job searching the way you would any job. Start in the morning and search for jobs all through lunch. Apply. Apply. Apply!
Apply to any and all jobs that interest you, that partially interest you, that you think you fit and even those you think you don’t fit but would like to. Apply to them all.
There’s a reason men tend to do better than women in the job area of things. They tend to apply to more “risky” jobs, jobs that they only partially feel they are qualified for, meaning they’re in the running for those jobs more than women are. So go out and apply to that dream job of yours!
Have Your Resume and Cover Letter Ready
This should be common sense, but it’s something even I’m not even listening to. I don’t have a cover letter at the ready.
Having your resume and cover letter at the ready means you can alter it in any way necessary to quickly apply to a job. Once you’ve gone through all of the easy apply jobs, what’s left are the ones that are probably better quality and usually require a cover letter along with your resume.
If you’re looking for resume tips I have a couple of blog posts that could help:
- What NOT to Add to Your Resume: 2020 Edition
- 8 Things to Remember When Creating Your Resume
- The Ultimate Resume Survival Guide
Gain Some Skills
There are many sites out there where you can take a free course or two to improve your skills. Places like Coursera, Udemy, and many others offer free courses or frugally priced courses that could very well help land you a job. I’m catching up on my SEO and Pinterest skills right now with various ebooks and courses.
You can also check out YouTube for tutorials on things you want to learn as well. I remember reading a story about someone who learned excel on YouTube and it really helped him out. So, there are tons of places you go to find the information you’re looking for.
Don’t dismiss learning a new skill for not having enough real life experience with it. Sometimes just knowing enough about something is what an employer is looking for.
Give Yourself a Break
There are going to be days where you just don’t want to or can’t fathom applying to another job. There are going to be days where your depression about losing your job and having to find a new one in short notice is going to creep up on you and render you pretty useless.
You need to keep your sanity while job searching, so don’t burn yourself out in the beginning to the point where you don’t want to apply to any more jobs.
I’m at that point now. I’m burnt out from applying to so many jobs that I don’t want to apply to any anymore. I know that’s ridiculous and isn’t going to help my situation, so taking a day or two off to write blog posts is something I can handle to get my gears going again.
Do you have any other suggestions for how to keep your sanity while job searching? Let me know in the comments!
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