Job Hunting Prep

Getting Prepared Emotionally and Physically

A job hunt can cause a great deal of anxiety, especially during a recession when there are fewer jobs to be found. However, when you are feeling excessively anxious, you tend not to be in the best state of mind for job hunting. This article provides you with a step by step plan for preparing mentally and alleviating the anxiety that comes with looking for jobs, so that you can make your absolute best impression on prospective employers when you start getting job interviews. Before you start reading, be sure to take a deep, cleansing breath and relax!

Eat healthy food as you get ready to embark on your job hunt. Sometimes when people feel anxious about a big life stressor, such as job hunting, they tend to over eat unhealthy food or not eat enough or not eat at all. So pay close attention to your eating habits during your job hunt and try your hardest to eat nutritious food that will energize you and keep you strong.

Get enough sleep. When you are feeling anxious about anything, including a job search, it can be extremely difficult to sleep well. In order to get an adequate amount of sleep during this stressful time, do whatever you need to do to relax. This could be Yoga or meditation or deep breathing exercises. Different relaxation activities work well for different people, so do what works best for you. Drinking non-caffeinated teas like chamomile tea or a glass of warm milk can also help some people with sleep issues. 

Exercise as much as you possibly can. Exercise is a great way to reduce stress, keep your energy level elevated and keep you physically fit. When you feel good physically, this can boost your confidence and make you feel good about yourself. And of course, feeling good about yourself is an essential component of performing well in job interviews.

Revise your resume. Make sure it is totally up to date and triple check it for any errors in spelling or grammar. Your resume is what will get your foot in the door of a potential employer’s office, so you need to polish it. Admittedly, job hunting is never fun, and it is especially challenging when the economy is not in good shape, but if you take good care of yourself during your job search, you will increase your chances of getting hired quickly.