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Searching for a new job, especially if you’re unemployed, can be a very stressful experience. It’s stressful even when you are currently employed. You have to update your resume, or write one from scratch! Then, you spend time searching for jobs online and applying for the jobs you know you’re a good fit for. In many cases, you don’t hear anything back after you apply. Then, once you do get a call back, there is the stress of interviewing! Here are some tips to help manage the job search process and the stress that comes with it.

Set Realistic Goals

Before you start writing or updating a resume, or before you start looking for jobs, set some realistic goals. What kind of company do you want to work for? Residential services? Commercial? Construction? Next, determine what companies you want to apply to. Interested in residential services? Research all of the companies in the area you want to work. Which companies best fit you? Your goal is to get hired by the company that best fits you.

Block A Specified Amount Of Time For Job Searching

Rather than focusing all of your time on job searching, it is best to set aside time to manage your job searching. If you’re currently working, perhaps it’s an hour a day. If you’re unemployed, you should spend more time on it, perhaps 4-5 a day.   Block that timeframe off in your calendar and dedicate that time each day focused on searching for jobs, or practicing job interview techniques.

Spend Time Away From The Search

If you’re unemployed and spending more time on it, take breaks frequently, perhaps every hour to clear your head. It’s very important that you set aside time to spend with your family and friends and doing things you enjoy to keep balance in your life. This will help you maintain perspective and keep stress to a minimum.

Don’t Take Rejection Personally

You may get rejected nine times out of ten, if not more…and this can be discouraging. Don’t let it get you down, it’s not personal. It’s very common and does not reflect poorly on you.

Be Persistent And Positive

The biggest key to job searching is persistence. Stay on top of it, don’t let up and maintain focus. Don’t take rejection personally and maintain a positive attitude. This will have the biggest effect on keeping stress levels to a minimum.

Job searching can easily become a very stressful situation. Stay positive, be persistent and maintain balance in your life. Doing these things will greatly reduce the stress and contribute to you finding that great job.