Searching for a job can be stressful. If unemployment continues for months, not only does it take a toll on your bank account, but also your self-esteem, confidence, and relationships.
Like most people, over my lifetime Iâ€™ve experienced job loss for myself, close family members, friends, and colleagues. Based on my experience, I usually offer this piece of advice:
Donâ€™t get too high when things look good, donâ€™t get too low when things donâ€™t go your way.
Too simple? Perhaps. But conducting a job search is like riding a rollercoaster, only without being able to even see when the peaks and valleys are approaching.
Some weeks are awful
- You send out a dozen resumes and donâ€™t get a single response
- You make it to the final round of an interview, only to have the company give the job to someone else
- Youâ€™re watching every dollar, and then find out your car needs costly repairs
- It seems like the world is out to get you
Other weeks are full of optimism
- You apply to your dream job and they want to bring you in for an interview
- At a networking event, you connect with three different people with job openings
- You rock a phone interview and they now want to meet in person
- Everything is coming up roses
Itâ€™s easier said than done, but avoid the tendency to get caught up in every high and low.
Your hard work pays off with an interview at a great company? Resist posting it on Facebook and telling every family member about the progress of your search right away. Although it feels good to talk about a small win, keep things in perspective, to avoid feeling even worse if it doesnâ€™t work out.
Likewise, try and temper the doom and gloom when things arenâ€™t going your way.
The job search is a rollercoaster. Hang on tight.