Having anxiety when job hunting is something many of us struggle with. At the moment, a lot of us are doing just that. Be that because we have just finished university/school, or the effects of the pandemic have meant that we have had to find alternative means of work. With an influx of people trying to get a job, it has meant that it is increasingly more challenging to achieve employment; this process is even more difficult when you have anxiety. We are told to come across as confident in our CV, Cover Letter and face to face interviews, but this isn’t an easy thing to do if you are riddled with anxiety. When you have anxiety, you don’t have this natural ego to fuel your confidence that employers like to see, but here are some tips to help you with anxiety when job hunting.
Think About Jobs That Would Suit Your Skill Set
It sounds simple enough to just think about what you are best at and only apply to jobs that your skillset fits into. However, when I say think about what position would best suit your skillset, I mean all aspects of the job.
You should think about all the different aspects of the job. Would you prefer to work in a team or by yourself? Do you want to set targets to reach to keep you motivated, or would that be too much pressure? Would you prefer to work in a big team or a small group of people? Is working from home more suited to your needs, or would you like to work in an office space? These are all things that you need to think about before applying for a job.
If you know that the companies you are applying to fit your set criteria, you will feel more comfortable about the interview process.
Find Ways To Boost Your CV
People with anxiety find it hard to feel confident, which means writing a CV where you have to present your best self can be difficult, especially if you are worried that you will come off as arrogant.
It is important to remember that you cannot sound arrogant about your skills if you can back up what you say with examples, as then it’s just a fact. Also, try and find ways to boost your CV by using key terminology that employers like to hear and make them stand out. For example, if you are applying for a sales job, make sure any experience that you have that can be transferable for the job are clear for the employer to see. The easier you make the employers job, the more likely you will get an interview.
If you feel like your CV lacks a little, then I highly recommend that you do some volunteer/ charity work. If you are looking to get into a job in business, by doing a bake sale for a charity, you will demonstrate that you can sell products. You will also show knowledge about making a business plan to make a profit. Also, if you want to be a writer, it might be a good idea to create a blog or if you want to work in social media, then make sure your Instagram account is the best it can be.
All these things will give you transferable skills that will make you desirable to employers.
Anxiety When Job Hunting? Preparation Is Key!
The interviewing process is such an anxiety-inducing process. What causes a lot of anxiety for most people is getting caught up in imagining all the worst-case scenarios. I, for one, just imagine all the things that can go wrong and this, in turn, triggers my anxiety, and there was nothing I could do to stop myself from imagining all these things that can go wrong.
I realised that sometimes we need to ride the anxiety wave. To combat this, I just let myself imagine all the things that could go wrong and then come up with solutions to fix them; this helped me fight my anxiety because I always had a plan no matter what happened.
So, some key things that I have learnt through the interviewing process are researching heavily the company you are applying to. Know what they have done and what they plan to achieve as you will look informed and interested in their work. Have prepped answers to the usual questions that you get asked like “name a time you manage to overcome a problem” or “give an example where you successfully worked in a team and what were the results.” Having answers already prepped will mean that you won’t get flustered in the interview.
Have questions ready to ask the interviewer about the business as this will just further prove that you are informed of the company and that you are really interested in what they do.
Most of us have interviews over Zoom or Microsoft teams, so an hour before, log into the account to make sure that you can easily log in and that your connection isn’t faulty. If you can organise yourself, you can easily face any problems in the interviewing process, and you will manage your anxiety.
Practice Interviewing To Overcome Anxiety When Job hunting
If you have social anxiety, then the interviewing process is probably one of the most anxiety-inducing experiences you will have to go through, but practice makes perfect with anything. The more you do practice interviews, the more comfortable you will be at doing them.
Get your parents or friends, or anyone you feel comfortable with, to do them with you so you won’t feel nervous. It may also help you imagine that the person you are interviewing with is someone you know but respect; this will help you feel more at ease with the whole process and make sure that you don’t use everyday speech and remain courteous.
Rejection Is Okay
Finding employment is even more challenging than ever, as hundreds of people are applying for the same job. So, it is essential to remember that if you do get rejected, it isn’t personal. It doesn’t reflect you or your skillset, it’s just a difficult time at the moment, but you have to remain positive, and what is meant to be yours will eventually come to you when you are ready for it.
If you do get rejected, try and get as much feedback from the employer as you can to learn from it. They can offer you great advice on what you did well and how you can improve; they can inform you on improving your interview skills or work experience that you may need to enhance your CV. All this information is so helpful to increase your chances of getting a different job in the future.
Practice Mindfulness and Breathe
Before every interview, take a few deep breaths to calm and ground yourself. Another little tip to help with your anxiety is to practise mindfulness consistently and deep breathing every day, not just when you have an interview.
Every day when you are brushing your teeth, look at yourself in the mirror and tell yourself that: “You are worthy. You are perfect in your own unique way. No one else can define your worth, only you.”
The more you tell yourself that you are all these things, the more you will believe it, and you can tell those negative thoughts in your head that they are wrong.