Long-term unemployment can have a negative impact on
a job candidate’s career and self-esteem.
A constant stream of failed interviews and unanswered job applications
can leave a job seeker’s sense of self-confidence battered. If a job seeker isn’t careful they can find
themselves feeling depressed and unable to do the basic tasks associated with
finding a new job. So how does a job
seeker overcome job search related depression?
Below are a few tips:
your thinking. While many of the
positive thinking clichés can make long-term job seekers want to tear
their hair out, many of them contain a foundation of truth. What you think about really does
grow. So instead of focusing on
what’s wrong with a job search, focus on what’s working and try to nurture
that. For example, if in-person
networking produces promising leads then focus your energy on that. If a certain job board site doesn’t
produce results stop focusing your attention on it and invest only in
those things that work.
your worth. Job seekers need to
uncouple their job search from their self-esteem. If an employer chooses
to not hire you this does not mean that you are somehow unworthy. Oftentimes a hiring decision comes down
to dollars and cents or personality fit.
Don’t let someone else’s decision to not hire you impact how you
a break. While it is natural to
feel a sense of urgency when searching for employment it is important to
include time for rest and relaxation.
Working constantly can not only exhaust you, it can reduce your
productivity and ability to think clearly.