Lotte van Rijswijk

Lotte van Rijswijk

How to manage the stress during job search.

Finding a job

How to manage the stress during job search

Artwork by: Alexandra Shevchenko

  • Where Is This Coming From?

The job search is stressful under the best of circumstances - and in an insecure world, it’s even worse. Your pre-existing job search stresses like interviewing or meeting new people are increased by anxieties about the world around you.

No matter who you are or how qualified you may be, everyone experiences job search stress - including me, the coach writing this. But if you let stress get in the way, it can hurt your application performance or even make you want to avoid the search altogether.

Where Is This Coming From?

You can’t manage a problem you don’t understand. That’s why the first step of managing stress is to understand what’s causing it. 

On a specific, tangible level your stress may come from getting turned down for interviews or not hearing back from your applications. These are things that you can be corrected, they’re problems with solutions. And you have a coach and a community in Careerminds that can help.

But on a more emotional, deeper level, it’s good to identify what emotions you feel and what fears you have internally.

Psychologist David Rock created the SCARF model for identifying five factors that typically guide human behavior. If you’re feeling the strain, chances are it’s because you feel one or more of these factors is threatened:

Lotte van Rijswijk

Lotte van Rijswijk

An ambitious Content Team Lead working with since 2022, Lotte collaborates with all members of the team from writers to illustrators to ensure high-quality content across platforms. Always interested in finding new trends and topics to help improve offerings, she also oversees other team members and works to support them wherever possible.