How to relieve stress when job hunting

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Job hunting can be a stressful and tough time for anyone. Irrelevant of how experienced you are or how much you think you know about recruitment, it can still be stressful. Thankfully, here are a few vital tips that can help ease the pressure. Here’s how to relieve stress when job hunting;


Plan Plan Plan!

Making a plan of your Job Search is vital, don’t just scatter your search as this could lead to missed opportunities or completely forgetting what roles you have even applied to (don't worry, we have all been there). Updating your CV, LinkedIn profile, & cover letter with your most recent and relevant experience is vital, especially for potential employers. This will also give you a solid idea of what you can offer your next company. Don’t worry too much about job hunting during every waking hour. It’s destructive. Create a reasonable schedule to help manage your time. Set aside a few hours each week for hunting and don’t overdo it.


Be Absolutely Prepared

Preparation is key to stress relief. Ensure you do your research and understand all there is to know about a company, a good place to start might be the About us page, on the company website. You will feel more confident, knowledgeable and nail your interview. Read up on the sector, understand the market tends. How well do you know the history of the company? What about the people themselves? If you can find out the know the names of your interviewers, make sure you check them out on LinkedIn, have they published any articles, information or any tips in your sector? The more you know in advance, the more confident and ready you will feel in the interview.


Learn How to Sell Yourself

How often have you used adjectives to describe yourself when you’re in an interview? Saying you’re ‘committed’, ‘passionate’ and ‘determined’ is meaningless if you can’t support these statements. Learn how to sell yourself. The more confident you are at supporting any statements you make, the less anxious you’ll feel about an interview. Try thinking of examples or experiences which you can relate to your answers. Work out what stories or events prove your resilience. Make it personal, relevant and memorable. Think about the times you’ve overcome challenges and learn how to explain this. One of the most worrying things about an interview is the inability to answer difficult questions. Having a practiced, articulated answer to cover the obvious questions will give you a great advantage.


Ask Plenty of Questions

One of the biggest worries about finding a new job is the going into the unknown. There’s an easy resolution to this and if you are savvy in the interview, you’ll learn as much as you can about a job. Ask as many questions as you can and get as much information as possible. Find out about the role, the business, progression, opportunities for success. Ask what it’s like to work there. Ask the interviewer what they think is great about the company. An interview should be a two-way conversation. You’re not there just to answer questions, you’re there to ask them too. The more you know, the less concerned you’ll be about moving roles. This will also show your interest in the job.


Know What You Don’t Want

What do you want? It’s a question you’ve probably thought about a lot. You could probably answer it in your sleep. Let’s rephrase, what don’t you want? This is an important point to consider. Know your limits. Know where the deal breakers are and stick to them. This will help focus your job hunt and prevent you from wasting time applying for jobs that aren’t appropriate.


Always Give 100%

When looking for a job, it can be easy to focus on your past rather than your future. Stop worrying about the awkwardness of asking for days off. Why are you concerned about this? You’re looking to leave the company anyway. While you’re sat in your current role, someone else could be securing the job you’ve been dreaming of. If you’re going to make the move, give it 100%.


Just Do It, What's the worst that could happen?

Don’t sit stationary in a role you don’t enjoy. There’s a high demand for quality candidates. Taking the first steps is probably the most difficult part, once you get there, you’ll wonder why it took you so long to get started. Now, stop stressing and get yourself out there. We can help you find your next opportunity.


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This blog was written by Brooklea Mills, from our Preston branch