Insight for Interns
July 19, 2021

How to Avoid an Unhealthy Job Search

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The job search can be stressful. It’s important to take a step back and consider how your actions are affecting your mental health.

Gladys Ng Kai Xin of CareerWareer outlined a few steps to help job seekers during this overwhelming time. Here’s what Gladys said:

5 ways to stay healthy while job searching:
 
1. ๐‘๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐ž๐ซ ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ง๐จ๐ง๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ฌ ๐ข๐ฌ ๐ฉ๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ. Just because you didnโ€™t get a role doesnโ€™t mean that youโ€™re no good, or that youโ€™ll never get a job. Donโ€™t go down the rabbit hole.
 
2. ๐‚๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฅ๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ ๐ฐ๐ž๐ž๐ค. Donโ€™t let the job search consume your life. Take periodic breaks by scheduling things that cheer you up, like learning a fun skill or hanging out with friends.
 
3. ๐†๐ข๐ฏ๐ž ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ๐ž๐ฅ๐Ÿ “๐ฐ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ” ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐ž๐ฅ๐ž๐›๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ž. The job search doesnโ€™t yield results immediately, and it can be a blow to your ego no matter who you are. Carve out time where you can complete tasks that give you a sense of achievement.
 
4. ๐‹๐ข๐ฆ๐ข๐ญ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ ๐ฃ๐จ๐› ๐ฌ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐œ๐ก ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ๐ฌ. Itโ€™s tempting to devote all the time you have to your job search, but thatโ€™s unhealthy. Set aside a specific time for your job search, and stick to it.
 
5. ๐“๐š๐ค๐ž ๐š ๐›๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ค. Careers are marathons and itโ€™s important to pace yourself.

But remember: No job search is worth your mental health. Not even the one with your dream company.

Content Source: Gladys Ng Kai Xin