Friday, June 24, 2016

Finding Inner Peace During Your Job Search

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Now is the time of year when the job search for recent graduates is starting to feel a little less fun and exciting and more desperate. It's really hard to keep centered and find peaceful moments when the future is uncertain. These are my tips for saying calm and getting through your job search.

1. Apply Even If It's Not the Dream

I can't tell you how many times I've avoided applying for a job because it wasn't quite what I wanted. Just because you've applied, interviewed, etc. doesn't mean that you have to accept a position. It's good to check out a place/position more thoroughly than writing it off before applying.

2. Let What Bubbles to the Top Get You Excited

It can be really emotionally draining to pour all of your hopes and dreams into each job application. I've found that it's best for me to put the application out there and not get too invested until I've had a second interview. It's good to check in on your application process but don't get too heavily invested in the outcome to avoid lots of emotional ups and downs.

3. Focus on Fun Too

During really stressful times, like a job search, it can be difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Sitting around and waiting to be called for interviews is stressful and can make you feel out of control. Feeling too out of control can lead to feelings of hopelessness if you let the search take up too much of your mental energy and time. Planning at least one fun activity a week will help you have something else to look forward to and invest in emotionally.

4. Try Not to Set an End Date

Sure, it'd be great to have a job by August 1st when your lease is up. Life usually has other plans. You might have to move across the country in a week or less if your dream job requires it. You might also have to search for 6 months and work a part-time job before you find your best option. Being flexible and controlling your expectations is important so that you do not become discouraged.

How do you deal with your anxiety and all the other feels that come with a job search?

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