Job searching can be stressful. In fact, it can be a full-time job. And, like any job, we need to know when to step back. If we don’t, we can become burned out. At EmployAbilities, we prepare our clients for how to manage stress and workloads. Doing so will keep you focused and motivated.

What does stress look like?

Stress can show up in simple ways. Maybe you have a headache, tight muscles, or an upset stomach. But it can become worse. Do you feel tired all the time? Are you nervous, worried, or irritated? Chronic stress affects our health and well-being when left untreated. It inspires unhealthy coping habits, like smoking, overeating, or other bad habits. All this and the stress attack our body, leaving us susceptible to illness and disease, including weight gain, depression, heart disease, and diabetes. It is a disruptive force that affects not just how we feel but also how we interact with friends, family, and coworkers.

Here are some tips to handle the stress of job hunting:

How to deal with stress

First, it’s important to have a routine. Set yourself up for success by doing simple things like making your bed in the morning. Something so simple can carry you a long way through the day. Treat this routine like a job.

Next, set realistic goals for your job search. Break down the search into smaller tasks, like picking three jobs you like. Then, give yourself time each day to work on them (finding job postings, researching those companies, writing targeted resumes).

But make sure you take care of your physical and mental well-being. When you feel stressed, take a moment, breathe, and reflect.

And remember, don’t do it alone. Talk about your feelings with friends, family, or a career counsellor. It can help.

Three Easiest Things You Can Do to Handle Stress:

  1. Eat healthy foods
  2. Get regular exercise
  3. Get in your ZZZs


These practices can help reduce stress and improve your overall mood and energy levels. Remember to take breaks and engage in activities that you enjoy. Finding ways to unwind can help you recharge and stay motivated: reading, going outdoors, or just sitting and relaxing.

Finally, try to stay positive and be patient during your job search. Rejection and setbacks are common. But it’s determination and consistency that will lead you to success. By practicing these strategies, you will manage the stress of the job search with success.