Job search depression is a huge emotional challenge that comes with job loss and a prolonged search. The conventional wisdom says positivity and high motivation are the keys to success, so it’s easy to blame yourself when you can’t sustain that. It’s important to understand that motivation fluctuates, moods shift, and situations change. Accepting and learning to deal with your depression is the most practical and beneficial approach- and it will improve your job search outcomes.
Losing a job can be a very transformative experience. Job loss can motivate and stimulate us when we think of it as a new beginning and that a better opportunity isn’t far away. We don’t realize that looking for a new job is often a longer process. Studies show that we’ll likely lose motivation and experience job search depression if our search takes longer than ten to twelve weeks.
When we’re confident in ourselves and our capabilities in the job search- we promote our success. While traditional wisdom might encourage us to focus on our weaknesses, we want to nudge you into taking a more empowering approach.
Job loss can cause us to lose many of the basic needs that contribute to our mental wellbeing. It’s these unexpected losses that contribute to the feelings of anxiety and uncertainty we often experience during unemployment.
The process of planning and executing a job search can be difficult, especially when confidence in ourselves or our job-seeking skills may be low. It’s natural for motivation to fluctuate, particularly when we don’t appreciate how our feelings and emotions can impact our engagement.
This ongoing crisis hides in the isolation and anxiety of the 25 million people laid off annually in North America. It isn’t trendy or well-publicized. At times it’s not even recognized by those in the reemployment industry, but it’s there.