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Letting stress get the better of you won’t make finding a new job any easier.

The prospect of a new job can be very exciting, but actually securing the role can be a lot less fun. With so much to consider and your future riding on the outcome, it’s easy to become stressed when searching for a job, no matter how experienced you are.

But letting stress get the better of you won’t make finding a new job any easier. In fact, it could end up costing you promising career opportunities. I have found that it is not uncommon for people to sabotage themselves during the application process because of their stress.

Whether you’ve fallen out of love with your job, you’re being made redundant, or you’re just ready for a change, the thought of being left jobless or having to stay in your current role can be daunting. 

The good news is, there are several steps you can take to reduce your stress and increase your chances of a productive job search.


One of the best ways to reduce job search stress is to get a strong plan in place to guide you.

The first thing I recommend when starting a job search is to break down your goals into smaller, more manageable objectives. For example, your first goal could be updating your résumé, your second could be writing a strong cover letter, and your third could be applying to at least five jobs a week. By writing down all your smaller goals and having a clear plan in place, you’ll feel calmer and more in control of the situation.

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