by Gloria Kopp, Guest Contributor
Job hunting is a very demanding process. When you realize your job search is taking more time than what you expected, job search depression could begin.
For a military spouse this is even more aggravated by constant moves, state licensing transfer issues, unpredictable schedules and the need to redevelop their support system.
You can quickly find yourself spiraling into job search depression, sometimes without even realizing it until you’re already falling down that hole.
When I suddenly and unexpectedly lost my job, I didn’t realize how much the entire event would impact me.
It didn’t happen right away. I began my search for a new job in high spirits. After a long span of no calls from interested employers, I finally received a call for an interview.
I was optimistic about my chances going in, but when I walked out of that interview, I felt as though I had lost my opportunity. After waiting so long to get a chance, I felt like I failed and I started feeling as though I would never get another call, especially after waiting so long for this one.
My self-worth plummeted and I kept telling myself that, even if I did somehow manage to get a shot at another interview, I would probably fail miserably.
If you are struggling with your job search it is important to identify the causes of your struggle so that you can find a solution to deal with it. Here are 5 potential causes of job search depression.
No control. If you previously had a job and suddenly see yourself jobless, it is common to start to see this traumatic change as something that you cannot handle. Feelings of high pressure and worrying rapidly transform into depression.
Feeling unaccepted. Until you find a job it is common to feel that you are not entirely complete and accepted. As the job search is delayed further and further, it leads to feelings of being marginalized.
No replies and rejections. When looking for a job it is natural that you get negative replies or even no replies from possible employers. When this happens, it is common to start feeling stressed, bad about yourself and thinking that you are not fit for the job.
First job. This may be your first time being unemployed. As this is a new experience, it can feel overwhelming and even more difficult to handle. Stress and depression can happen if you are new to being unemployed and going through tougher challenges than what you expected.
Embarrassment. Embarrassment of being unemployed is very common. You start fearing social situations and the question “What do you do?”.
Prevention before depression arises is always the best solution. Here are 7 tips to help you from feeling depressed during your job search.
Routine. When you are unemployed you need to turn your job search into your new job, waking up early and getting dressed as if you are going to work. It is very easy to lose structure in your life and it is very tempting to sleep late and to postpone your job search – these are not constructive behaviors. Keeping a routine is essential for you to stay motivated.
Exercise. Exercise is a great way to relieve the stress caused by unemployment. Exercise works as an anti-depressant and you can take advantage of platforms like My Fitness Pal and Endomondo to keep track of your exercise and for training tips. Tracking your progress will help you stay motivated and energized for your job search.
Keep records. Keeping a job search journal, in which you record job-searching activities, job opportunities, the resumes you send and the people you meet at events, can help you feel good about yourself knowing that you are doing everything to find a job.
Reach out. It is normal to become anti-social after a job loss. However, even if it’s uncomfortable, you should avoid this behavior and be open with people about your situation. People can give you advice and share job opportunities.
Proofread your resume and cover letter again. Making your resume and cover letter professional and appealing is a key aspect for you to stay motivated during your job search. A resume or cover letter with the wrong length or bad grammar can immediately put off a possible employer. You can use Essayroo and Academized as proofreading tools for your resume and cover letters. The Easy Word Count platform keeps a count of your words and characters to make sure your documents are not too long.
Volunteer. You can engage in activities that will complement your effort to find a new job. Volunteer work is a beneficial option since it allows you to keep your skills sharp and network with other people while feeling good about giving back and gaining experience. Sites like Volunteer Match can help you find a cause that speaks to you or a project that will add to your skills set.
Persevere. When searching for a job, you need to persevere. A big part of dealing with job search depression is forcing yourself to do what is right even you feel like giving up.
Do not let you job search consume you. Looking for a job does not necessarily mean that you should go into a job search depression. If you start realizing that you are getting depressed, you should use these tips and get involved with the military spouse community to find a way to stay strong and avoid depression.
Gloria Kopp is a digital marketer and an elearning consultant from Manville city. She graduated from University of Wyoming and started a career of a business writer and an educator, now she works as a tutor at UK Writings service. Besides, she is a regular contributor to such websites as Engadget, Huffingtonpost, Boomessays, etc. Read her latest post at Studydemic.