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  • Writer's pictureRenata Bernarde

Job Search Blues

Episode 233 - Dealing with the Job Search Blues: Strategies to Uplift Your Mood

As a career coach and host of 'The Job Hunting Podcast,' I've encountered many professionals who have experienced the rollercoaster of emotions accompanying job searching. In this episode, I discuss the 'job search blues,' a state familiar to many: frustration, anxiety, and demotivation that happens when you're looking for a new job. I share my personal experience, insights and strategies from my career coaching practice, hoping to offer hope and guidance for those navigating this challenging path.

Embracing the Emotional Landscape

Professionals often overlook the emotional aspect of job hunting and the toll it can have on their mental health. Feelings of rejection and self-doubt are common and can be particularly pronounced for professionals in their 40s, 50s, and 60s. I resonate with and understand this demographic deeply. Addressing these emotions head-on and acknowledging them is the first crucial step towards overcoming the challenges professionals face when job searching.

Strategic Planning: The Heart of Successful Job Searching

I always emphasize to my clients the importance of treating a job search like a well-structured project. This means setting clear goals and career plans before crafting tailored resumes and cover letters. It also means constantly acquiring new skills and reading about your sector, industry, and profession to stay relevant in the job market. Organizing the job search in this way keeps you on track and instils a sense of progress and control.

Networking: A Game Changer

Networking is one of the most transformative strategies in job hunting. The power of engaging in meaningful conversations and building connections cannot be overstated. This strategy has opened doors for me and many professionals I have coached, revealing opportunities that often need to be publicly advertised. It also helps to overcome the loneliness that some of us feel when looking for work and not engaging with other professionals.

Self-Care: A Non-Negotiable Element

I have always been a staunch advocate of balancing job hunting and self-care. The job search process is mentally and emotionally demanding, and neglecting one's well-being can be counterproductive. Activities like exercising, hobbies, and spending time with family are not just leisure activities; they are crucial for maintaining mental health during this intense period.

The Impact of Professional Guidance

Drawing from my own experiences and those of my clients, I can attest to the significant impact a career coach can have on a job seeker's journey. A career coach does more than offer advice; they provide a space for reflection, motivation, and accountability, which is invaluable in navigating through the complexities of the job market.

Navigating the job market is no small feat. It requires resilience, strategy, and a willingness to embrace successes and setbacks. Remember, each application sent, each network expanded, and each interview attended is a step forward in your goal. As I always say on this podcast, "Each step you take in the job search process is not just about finding a job; it's about finding fulfilment and aligning your career with your personal aspirations."

Whether you are in the early stages of your job search or have been looking for a new job for some time, I hope you keep in touch, keep listening to the podcast, and access our resources and services to help you achieve your goals.

About the Host, Renata Bernarde

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