How to Reduce Your Job Search Anxiety

Looking for a new job is undoubtedly a stressful endeavor. Add a pandemic with a candidate-saturated market to the mix, and your job search just became a whole lot more challenging. This past year has been a whirlwind for those looking for employment. If you lost your job or were furloughed because of the Coronavirus, this can make you feel anxious. However, during this step in your job hunt, it’s essential to take care of your mental and physical health. Here’s how to reduce your job search anxiety while successfully finding your next opportunity.

Don’t treat your job search like a job

Many job seekers make the fatal error of treating their job search like a full-time job. While there are benefits to having structure and routines to your search, spending 10+ hours a day scouring job boards isn’t beneficial. Creating a schedule is essential to find your next opportunity, but don’t overwork yourself if you are serious about reducing your search stress. Instead of spending all your time finding a new job, work smarter. Sign up for notifications at your favorite job boards, so you don’t feel the urge to refresh them every five minutes. The more time you spend actively reading these job feeds, the more anxious you will feel.

Pro tip: our Talent Network allows you to set up custom job alerts every time a new position meets your qualifications, career goals, and location. Sign up today!

Ask for help when you need it

Another way you can reduce your job search anxiety is ask for help. We understand, looking for a new job, especially while unemployed, puts you in a vulnerable position. But more people than you might think have been in this position before and will understand your situation. If you feel the anxiety starting to take over your job search, reach out to your professional and personal networks. Turn to your family and close friends to ask for advice. Whether that’s just discussing how you are feeling, reviewing your resume, or helping you practice answering common interview questions, your support network is a great place to turn.

Also, start engaging with your professional network to get support from those in your industry or alumni from your school. These are trying times, and your network would be more than happy to help you through this journey. Plus, your professional connections may have some insight on an upcoming job opportunity and can put in a good recommendation for you. Unfortunately, they may not be able to help you if they don’t even know you are searching for a new position.

Don’t get hung up on hearing back right away

Moreover, too many job seekers get hung up on not hearing back after submitting a job application. To mitigate your job search anxiety, you must set realistic expectations. Even if you are the best applicant in the pool, you cannot expect to receive a response instantly. Sitting by your computer or checking your phone every few minutes will only exacerbate your anxiety. Instead, you have to adopt the mentality of “on to the next one.” Realistically, you have no idea when (or if) that employer will reach back out to you. So, instead of dwelling on a single application, move onto the next one. Don’t let one company leave you waiting on the sidelines – the labor market is too competitive for you to wait around for a response.

Ask interviewers for feedback

Another part of the job search process that can fuel your anxiety is job rejection. Most of us have been in this position before – you apply for a job, have a couple of interviews, you get really excited about the opportunity and think it’s an excellent fit, and then you suddenly get that rejection email. It’s a total reality check and can really throw you off. You may be there scratching your head and asking yourself, “what did I do wrong?”

To improve your interviewing skills and application materials, you must request feedback about your performance after a job rejection. How are you supposed to improve if you don’t know where you went wrong? Most interviewers will happily give some feedback to help propel your job search in the future.

If you want to know how to request feedback after job rejection, read our quick guide (with examples) here!

Partner with a professional recruiter

If you are looking to reduce your job search anxiety further, it may be time to work with a recruiting firm. Professional recruiters can help take a lot of the stress away from a job search. As a recruiter, it’s their job to help you find an opportunity that fits your background, skill sets, and career goals. Plus, the top-tier recruiting firms in the industry, like JSG, have exclusive job opportunities that you won’t find on any job board. If this sounds like a solid fit for you, reach out to us today. We have recruiters across North America that are ready to get you back to work.

How to Request Feedback After A Job Rejection

Have you ever been turned down after a job interview? It’s a gut punch. Reading that rejection email is one of the worst feelings out there. Most of us have unfortunately experienced this, and it can seriously discourage you during your job search. However, after receiving a job rejection, do you request feedback from the interviewer or HR professional? If not, you are missing out on a huge opportunity to improve your candidacy in the future. Here’s how to request feedback after a job rejection.

Why ask for feedback after a job rejection

Instead of just reading that rejection email, taking a moment to compose yourself, and then moving on to the next, you should request feedback on your interview performance and candidacy. How can you expect to improve your interviewing skills or bolster your application if you don’t know what went wrong? You should always ask for feedback after a job rejection if the interviewer did not provide any. Did you mess up answering an interview question? Did you lack a skill set or qualification? Or did you fail to demonstrate a skill set that is actually in your wheelhouse? If you don’t ask for feedback, you may never know what you can do to improve in the future.

Sometimes it can be challenging to request feedback

It can be challenging to ask an interview for feedback. After a job rejection, you probably feel a little vulnerable and unsure of your talents—rejection stings, especially if you have been unemployed for months or even longer. But if you don’t use rejection as an opportunity to better yourself and hone your interviewing skills, how can you expect a different outcome in the future?

In the words of Barack Obama, “You can’t let your failures define you. You have to let your failures teach you.”

How to ask for feedback after a job rejection

While it can be difficult, it is necessary to ask for feedback in order to improve. Each company has a different hiring process, and thus, will reject candidates differently. The way you receive your rejection will also depend on the stage of the interviewing process. For example, if you are passed on after just submitting your application, you will probably get a generic, auto-generated email (if you hear back at all). But if you have an interview or two, you can expect a more personal response.

More than likely, you will receive an email thanking you for your time and that although you were a great candidate, “the company decided to move forward in the process with other candidates at this time.” If you receive this email, you can quickly respond and ask for feedback.

Example response to a rejection email

“Hi [Hiring Manager/HR Name]

Thank you for following up about [position name] and informing me about your decision.

As I continue my job search, I am always looking for ways to improve my interviewing skills and bolster my candidacy. Was there an area you felt like I was lacking or part of the interview you think that I can perform better in the future?

Any feedback you can share would be greatly appreciated and help me enhance my job search, and ultimately, my career.

Thank you for your time and feedback,

[Your name]

Final thoughts

When requesting feedback, you want to keep it short and sweet. Start it off with expressing your gratitude for the interviewer’s time and then asking them to share how you can improve. Thank them again and fire it off. Don’t try to change their mind, argue about your candidacy, or accuse them of anything. They made their decision, and you will just put a bad taste in their mouth if you are bitter about their decision.

You can facilitate this feedback the same way if the interviewer calls you to inform you of their response. If you request feedback in your rejection phone call, their response and advice may even be more specific if it’s fresh in their minds, so please don’t hesitate to ask over the phone!

It can feel awkward to ask for advice after being rejected from a job, but if you don’t ask for input, it will be challenging to know how to improve as a candidate. If you are ready to move on and put your interviewing skills to the test, review our job board today!