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Overcoming Job Search Depression

by Beverly Aarons 16. February 2012 08:37

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:

  1. Reframe 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.
  2. Know 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 view yourself.
  3. Take 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. 

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