Combat Job Search Fatigue
Henry Goldbeck came across the question “How to Combat Job Search Depression?” and shared his thoughts on it below:
“The biggest reason for job search depression is focusing on things out of your control. If you focus on what you can control and stay disciplined, you will feel much better during the job search and be less likely to become depressed or discouraged.
What can you control?
- Your research of opportunities, companies you would like to work for, contacts in those companies, postings by those companies.
- Search of all job boards on a regular basis and company sites for job postings.
- Applications to postings
- Introductions to contacts in companies you would like to work for
- Customizing of resumes and cover letters to fit specific postings
- Research of industries, companies and technologies to prepare for eventual interviews and to bolster your credentials for your job search
- Daily planning of your job search
- Follow up on your applications, interviews, etc.
- Follow up with recruiters in a friendly professional way
- Attending networking and other industry events and webinars, etc.
- Stay fit and active, smell the roses and enjoy life, knowing that when you find a position you will be working hard
- Look for some cash flow job or consulting to take the pressure off of your savings if necessary.
What is out of your control?
- The economy
- what ever happens to your application, notwithstanding professional follow-up
- what happens after an interview, notwithstanding professional follow-up
- how long the hiring decision takes
- who they end up hiring, notwithstanding professional follow-up
It is really important to keep focused on what you can control even when you are getting close to a position for the following reasons:
- if you are doing all this positive activity that you can control, you will feel less desperate regarding the interview you are going to, more positive, confident and in control of your life; you will do better in the interview, guaranteed.
- if you stop your activity because you are going to second or third interview, or even have been told that an offer may be forth coming, you will be sitting by the phone, biting your nails, waiting … and that offer may never come as they may hire someone else at the last minute. One individual may nix your hire, they may put a hiring freeze on the day your offer was going to be written or the hiring manager may be fired the day before he was going to present you an offer.
I have seen all of those things happen more than once. And then you will have to start all of your activity from scratch – you may have been waiting by the phone for 3 months. I have seen that happen many times. With the time it takes to get the job search ball rolling, you have just added 4-5 months onto your job search. That is not a joke.
You need to be a job search machine, focused on the activity that is within your control – every single day – and you will not get depressed and you will find work sooner.”