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De-Stress Your Job Search with These 5 Tips

The stress of looking for a new job can weigh you down sometimes (OK, maybe a lot of the time!) Stress is a part of life and learning how to manage your feelings will absolutely help you even once you are done with this job search. So many of the tips and advice are common-sense, but if we know the solutions, and could reduce the stress in our lives, why aren’t we implementing them? Tough question, right? Maybe you are procrastinating? My friend and colleague, Miriam Salpeter writes about addressing that today in How to get a job when you’re busy.

The Tips to Squelch Stress

job search stressIn Heather’s post “5 Ways to Banish Job Search Stress” on Cachinko she points out 5 things to do to reduce stress. Really simple, actionable things! Heather Huhman is another one of my favorite bloggers! Her no-non-sense posts are always just what the job search doctor ordered! I hope you take a minute or two to read her advice.

What Are You Waiting For?

Introducing any one of those stress-busting suggestions could begin to turn things around. So why are you not taking action? Because it is downright hard to fix our ourselves or our situations. Some of you may be thinking: “I tried these things but they didn’t work.”  I hear that a lot from job seekers about a lot of suggestions and tips to improve their job search. So here are my 5 tips for making change stick!

1. Commit to a 30-day trial period.

Seriously. Try it for 30-days, risk free, and if it hasn’t worked, then move on.

2. Set REALISTIC goals

You can’t change yourself overnight. If you set unrealistic goals, you are much more likely to under-achieve, feel disappointed and quit.

3. Take small steps

Trying to implement too many changes at once can be overwhelming and as a result, you can’t really focus on executing any of them well. Bite off smaller pieces so you can manage what you set out to do. Extreme diets or exercise programs are not meant to be sustainable. The same thing is true here.

4. Buddy-Up

I know you mean well, but sometimes things slip or you become side-tracked or re-routed. Identify a friend and enter into a contract with them to help hold you accountable. It is like stepping on the scale at WeightWatchers.

5. Believe in Yourself

Making changes is difficult, but if you believe in yourself, this confidence can help motivate you to continue. Just like the Little Engine that Could used the positive self-talk “I think I can, I think I can, I think I can”, you too, must have that positive voice playing  in your head! Believe in you, because nobody else will!

You Need a Job: 5 Steps to Get One!

Getting a grip on your emotions and pushing out the stress will allow you to perform your job search better and along the way, you’ve learned some new skills to bring with you to your new job! (You are probably going to need them!) You will also need to learn the “new” job search skills. The eBook being launched on Monday, June 11th by Miriam Salpeter of Keppie Careers and myself, provides bite-sized, actionable steps for you to take at every phase of your job search. I hope you come back on Monday to get your copy. Update: here is the link to order your copy! We’ll be offering special bonuses for those who order during the first few days!

You Need a Job 5 Steps to Get OneWhen you begin implementing these new skills, remember my five tips from above. Miriam and I want you to succeed, but if you just read our ebook and then don’t follow-through on putting the information into action, you’re sure to get the same results you had before!

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  • AdamBritten June 12, 2012, 7:16 pm

    Nice tips – especially how you compare watching your weight to getting a job with the “buddy system.” I’ve found that if I have someone else holding me accountable (whether that be for my fitness or my job search) I get things done much faster. Also, if I have someone to review anything before I send it, they may be more likely to find a glaring error that I might have otherwise overlooked