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  • Writer's pictureSarah Tian

How to Thrive During Job Search

Updated: Jul 15, 2022

Searching for your first job or after you have been laid off is easily one of the most stressful experiences that most of us face in life. But it doesn't have to be this way!

I have compiled some advice below to help you keep your sanity and perhaps even start to enjoy the process!

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General Tips

💡 Imagine your worst case scenario. It often helps to imagine what would be the worst case scenario if you did not get the job you wanted. Would that mean you will have to move back to your parents' place? Does that mean you would have to settle for a part-time gig for a while? You will likely find that the worst case scenario is often not the end of the world. Remember, as long as you are healthy and alive, there is always hope.

💡 Think alternatives. During the job search, you are likely to have more time on your hands than before. This is the perfect time to reflect on what is your career goal and more importantly, what does your ideal life look like? What are you looking for in your next job? Does this job move you closer to your dream career and lifestyle? After some reflection, you may realize that this may be the time to start the YouTube channel you've always wanted to open but never got to!

💡 Talk to others. Ask your friends who have a job about their story of getting their first job. You will soon realize that everyone had their unique struggles and that everyone has found their place in the world after all, which is very encouraging!

💡 Take breaks. Job hunting can feel like an endless game that will easily burn you out. Know that job hunting is a marathon, but you deserve to take a break and have fun even if you did not get any interviews this week.

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