How to Take Care of Your Mental Health While Applying for Jobs

Sending out job applications can be stressful and overwhelming. Strive for Talent has advice on ways to manage your mental health while applying for jobs.

It’s Friday afternoon, and you’re staring at your email inbox, but it’s still showing zero new messages even though you’ve sent out more than 30 job applications over the week. You can feel your energy draining as you wonder how you’re going to make it through another week of tailored resumes, cover letters, and sifting through job seeking websites.

Job hunting can be an incredibly taxing, overwhelming, and isolating process. Often, it feels like you’re investing so much of your time and energy with limited returns. It’s vital that you make it a point to look out for your mental health when you begin applying for jobs.

There are a few proactive steps you can take to ensure you don’t feel demotivated and burnt out.

Stay organised and set goals

Just like with every other aspect of your life, you don’t want to be pushing yourself too hard. It isn’t healthy or efficient for you to be staring at your computer screen for many hours of the day trying to apply for any and every job that comes across your screen.

Do initial research into the industry you’re aiming to be in, create a template resume and cover letter that makes tailoring it to individual companies easier and create a spreadsheet to track the companies you have applied to. That way you’ve set the basic framework to streamline your job application process.

From there, you can set yourself daily or weekly goals for the number of applications you send out. Make sure you set reasonable expectations for yourself, and don’t be afraid to lower them on weeks where you aren’t up to it.

Look out for signs of unhealthy stress

In situations like these, some degree of stress is expected. And sometimes it’s this stress that actually motivates you.

However, if you start to feel overwhelmed, anxious or depressed, it’s likely that your stress levels are getting out of hand. Use this as an indicator that you need to take a break; maybe hang out with friends or family.

There are also a number of 24/7 services that give professional counselling and support, like beyondblue or Lifeline Australia.

Get job application help from professionals

Job hunting can feel like an isolating process, where you’re just floundering around hoping you’re doing the right thing. Sometimes, it can be useful talking to professional recruiters to help navigate you toward the right path. They know the current trends of every industry and can give you advice on how to make the most out of your application.

At Strive for Talent, we pride ourselves on fostering strong relationships with job seekers and employers. If you’re looking to secure a job, come talk to us and we can assist you in finding incredible career opportunities.

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