Job Search Anxiety During the Festive Season

December 9, 2021
4 mins

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Whilst preparations are in full swing ahead of the festive season, it may be a particularly challenging time for job seekers and professionals dissatisfied with their careers.

For some, it may feel difficult to fully immerse themselves in the festivities if they’re not quite as satisfied with their professional lives. For others, it may mean facing unpleasant conversations with their extended family. 

Whichever group you fall into, this article aims to clear out some air around the end of year goals and make you realise that you should feel proud and positive about your achievements to date. 

Do not stop your job search

Yes, it may feel tempting to take a little break over the holiday period and to forget the stress of it. Whilst taking regular breaks is important, stopping your job search for a prolonged period of time is counter-productive! 

You can get ahead of other job seekers, polish off your CV or research a company! That way, you can get a head start when jobs get posted early in the New Year. Furthermore, a lot of companies actually post new jobs around the end of the year – just so they can start interviewing earlier. So don’t miss out! 

Set boundaries for discussions with your relatives

Be prepared to cope with relatives who want to "help" you with your search. Set boundaries for what you will discuss – while your relatives can serve as part of your network, sometimes their opinions are uncalled for. 

When you get asked, “So, how’s the job search coming along?” simply say, “Great. Thanks for asking.” Pick one positive word followed by a statement that implies the topic isn’t open for discussion. You can also remind them of the holiday. If the person persists with, “Well, what have you been doing to find work?” This is your opportunity to remind them it’s your day off too. It might come across as more blunt, yet still polite enough for them to take the hint without getting annoyed with you.

The point with unsolicited opinions is to be assertive yet polite. And remember – your mental health is more important than someone’s opinions. 

Make a list of things you are happy with

Recall all the good moments from the past 12 months. Think of something that made you really proud of yourself. Maybe there was a day recently that you’d like to relive without changing anything? 

Wherever you are in your career journey, it is always beneficial to sit down and make a list of all the things that bring you joy. You may be at the crossroads, or not feeling completely satisfied, but through positive thoughts and reinforcement you can end the year more energised and motivated for the year ahead. 

Make a plan

Get ahead of the game! Make a plan of what your current feelings and career state are, and then another list with your aspirations. Can you think of a way to link where you are now with where you want to be? What are the specific steps you need to take to get there? Are you lacking certain skills? Do you need to network more? 

Maybe you’re not quite there with leaving your current job that you’re no longer happy with – now is the time to think about what you might expect from a new job, and maybe you even want to change careers?

Maybe you’d want to break off some bad habits, for example procrastination or not being organised enough. 

Here’s a special Wojo tip for you: 

Write a list of 25 things that you want to do – for your current job, for your career change, for your side projects and hobbies. Anything that you want to achieve. Choose 5 things you want to focus on and agree with yourself that you won’t be touching the other 20 things. 

Keep the list of the discarded 20 close to you at all times and remind yourself that you won’t be touching them for now. Do more with less. 

The festive period is the perfect time to reflect and slowly start implementing the change. 

Make most of the community around you 

It is very easy to lose your motivation and start procrastinating, even if you want to get a new job very much. Therefore, having a community where you can share your experiences can be a real booster of motivation, whilst meeting like-minded people who are able to share constructive and positive feedback and ideas with you.

At Wojo, we understand the importance of community and we strive to provide each and every one of our members with the feeling they belong, are heard and can receive whatever advice they need as efficiently and effectively as possible. 

The Wojo Community is the perfect place for any job seeker to find answers they need, connect with like-minded people and brainstorm ideas for their job search – no matter what stage you are at.

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