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Maintaining Mental Health During Job Search

Rejection, increased competition and uncertainty, and lack of control over results during a job search may easily lead to stress, anxiety, and overwhelming feelings. Here are some tips that may help you maintain your mental health during your job search.

1. Focus on what you can control
Instead of worrying about things you can’t control (like application outcomes), focus on what you can control. This can include asking your friend to proofread your resume and cover letter and sending a friendly follow-up email.

2. Set milestones
Hold yourself accountable for certain things over certain periods by planning, budgeting time for plans and taking action. Celebrate little victories along the way to your bigger goal.

3. Set aspiration goals and realistic expectations
Set SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-based) to structure and guide your career trajectory.

4. Balance job search with leisure
Make sure you have enough time to socialize and take a break from a job search. Work-life balance applies to even aspects outside of work.

5. Use Plan B to get plan A
Be prepared for times when you need to take a Plan B job to ultimately get your Plan A. Your first job won’t determine your entire career.

Source: Indeed Career Guide

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