Recruiting for a job can be an incredibly stressful experience. The recruiting process often involves long hours of work as you prepare dozens of CV’s and spend countless hours preparing for interviews. From my recent experience, I can tell you that to stay on top of the game, it’s important to recognize when your body tells you to slow down. As soon as you notice that:
1. You show little patience even for smaller tasks.
2. You are becoming forgetful and your short-term memory seems to be gone.
3. You isolate yourself from others and would rather not see anyone for days.
4. You avoid every new challenge or situation which would have grasped your attention immediately in the past.
5. You wake up every few minutes or cannot sleep at all. In the morning you are more tired than the night before.
PAUSE for a second. Or better, pause for a minute or even an hour. You are at the beginning of a burnout. You do not want this to happen! Burning out will induce higher levels of anxiety and stress attacks.
When I experienced this stage early in the recruiting process, I thought “how can I ever be successful in my job search if I can’t handle a little bit of pressure?” Let me tell you, it is possible to push through this adversity by applying a few simple tricks. The best part is that it is not always necessary to see a psychologist. You can apply these tips on your own.
1. Take short and regular breaks during the day. When sitting at a desk, stand up from your desk at least once per hour and take a 5 to 10-minute break. Don’t eat lunch at your desk.
2. Take control of your own schedule by allowing enough room in between tasks in case one needs more time than allocated.
3. Have a support system you will actually listen to, like your partner or a professional mentor and coach.
4. Release stress by going to the gym or joining a sports club. Meet different people and discuss different topics.
5. Read up Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. This book will help you turn your life around for the better.
If you listen to your body, or by proactively applying the above-mentioned tips you will prevent the experience of the terrible feeling of anxiety or too much stress. This will result in less panic attacks or breakdowns. Trust me!