How to handle the emotional challenges of a job search
The search for employment can be stressful, overwhelming and trigger anxiety. According to a recent poll by Monster.com in Malaysia, 34% of the respondents felt that not knowing where to start is the most challenging aspect when searching for a new job.
However, this shouldn't hold you back from your dream job. It's critical to map out productive ways to start your job search and prevent emotional barriers from distracting your frame of mind. Here are some tips to relieve some of the stress and boost your spirits to keep the momentum going.
Knowing what you want
One of the most important questions to ask yourself is whether you are ready to take the next step. More often than not, the biggest challenge is figuring out what job you actually want. To set off on the right path, start by determining your likes and dislikes to create your ideal job description. Once you have narrowed down your preferences, you are closer to finding a job that’s suitable for your needs. Take it to the next level and use the same method to plan your career goals.
Many professionals looking to switch jobs often take on the challenge alone. Although career goals can be something very private, using the help of a trusted friend, career coach or recruiter can help you to find that objective advice you need. The emotional and professional support might be the key that's missing to get you through your job search journey. Don't be shy about it and ask for help, as honest feedback not only helps you refine your search but can also introduce new possibilities you might not have considered before. If you don't have any contacts you can talk to, you can always network in order to open more doors in your field and gain valuable connections.
Hone your interviewing skills
31% of the survey respondents indicated that the interview process was the most nerve-wracking for them. While some people are naturals at interviews, don't feel discouraged if you're not – interviewing is a skill, and you can master it with enough guidance and practice. A good tip for reducing anxiety during interviews is to remember that the process is a two-way street. As much as the company assesses your skills and attitude, you need to determine whether the company is great for your personality. When going for an interview be prepared to talk about your experience and accomplishments, but don't forget to ask about the role, its trajectory, and the company's goals. Employers will value enthusiastic candidates who have done their research and ask smart questions.
Take your resume from good to great
Your résumé is part of your personal brand and the most important marketing tool for your job search. As it's essentially your shop front to recruiters and potential employers, make it your top priority to take the time to craft a genuine and impactful CV. Whether it is a design makeover or a complete rewrite, a powerful and memorable resume will give you the much-needed confidence.