Looking for a job is often an exhausting and stressful experience. Whether you’re looking for your first full-time job or changing jobs well into your career, the pressure of finding employment that’s both appealing and immediate is overwhelming. It can be frustrating, particularly when you’re not getting any offers and you aren’t sure where you’re going wrong. Searching for a job is no doubt a job in itself. Unsuccessful job applications may lead you to question, “Why can’t a get a job?” and “What’s wrong with me?” If you’re struggling to cope with job-hunting, seeing a psychologist may help you better manage stress and improve your job-hunting related skills.
Are you coping with job searching?
Some signs suggesting that you may not be coping include:
- Increased anxiety
- Feeling down
- Increased stress
- Feelings of hopelessness
- Feelings of worthlessness
- Isolating yourself
- Sense of dread surrounding job search
- Difficulty sleeping
Strategies to help manage job search stress
- Allow yourself to have regular breaks outside of job-hunting.
- Job search stress is inevitable. Know that it will occur and prepare yourself for feeling overwhelmed. Everyone fails sometimes and that’s part of the journey.
- Remind yourself that whilst cover letters, resumes and interviews are all crucial for finding a job, they may not accurately represent who you are as a person or an employee. The success of your job search does not equal your value.
Career Assistance Package
Psychology Melbourne offers a Career Assistance Package which may be helpful if you are experiencing some of the following:
- Doubts or dissatisfaction about your job
- General lack of interest in going to work
- Feeling unmotivated to complete work tasks
- Feeling the need for change but lacking in confidence, judgement and direction
- Being drawn to ‘something else’, but needing guidance in exploring alternatives
The program includes:
- A full and comprehensive report for future reference
- Individual recommendations of suitable career pathways
- Personalised identification of suitable jobs to assist in evaluating prospects
- Links to other sources of jobs and job information
- One-on-one clarification and guidance to help you reach your goal in a supportive community
- Sessions to assist you in developing professional confidence
- Help with interview preparation
- Help in improving relationships with managers and peers
- Help planning for promotions – your next role
- Strategies on negotiating pay and other benefits
The Career Assistance Program aims to initiate change and a sense of motivation towards career aspirations, along with:
- A clear and concise understanding of career options based on program analysis
- Acknowledgement and awareness of individual strengths and values
- An open and supportive environment to facilitate positive change
When to seek professional assistance
If the burden and stress associated with job searching is impacting your ability to apply for jobs or other areas in your life, seeking professional assistance may be helpful. Whether you’d like to better manage stress or brush up on job searching skills such as interviewing and resume writing, Psychology Melbourne has the right psychologist for you. Book in today for an initial matching session or call reception on 03 9629 1001 to discuss appointment availability.