As a career coach, I spend a lot of time helping my clients manage the tactical side of a job search. First, we develop a clear profile of their desired role and define target organizations. Then, we craft a resume that positions them perfectly for the job they want. After that, we outline a strategic plan to get them in front of decision-makers and create a series of goals to keep us moving forward, one step at a time.
These are all necessary steps in the process. But often, once the job search is in full swing, we find there are additional factors to consider. Namely, we have to address the emotional side of the job search.
Most people don’t think about this in the early stages. After all, searching for a new job can be an exciting endeavor. With each application, you envision a new life full of endless opportunity.
But job search is often more difficult than people imagine. It takes longer than you originally thought — it’s not quite as exciting as it was in the beginning — and before long, the process takes a toll on your psyche.
This emotional wear and tear can, in turn, slow your job search even more, creating an ongoing cycle of negativity.
If you’re headed into a job search — or are already in the middle of one — it’s wise to consider the emotional aspects and create a proactive plan for how you’ll manage them. Here are a few common causes of emotion along with strategies for handling them effectively.
Job search can be an emotional roller coaster, but it doesn’t have to be. The best approach is simple: Keep your expectations in check. Always assume you didn’t get the job and keep your search moving forward. Don’t get ahead of yourself and wait to celebrate until after you’ve signed on the dotted line.