After more than 20 years of helping people find jobs and manage their careers, I know better than to underestimate the stress a job search can add to your life.

If you’re currently unemployed, then you’re likely going to be in financial distress. If you are unhappy in your job, you’re likely desperate to get out of it. Even if your career is stable, you probably know people you care about who are struggling, which is stressful in a completely different way.

Personally, I “stay in my lane” for helping people with stress when it comes to their jobs. I am not a marriage counselor, psychologist, or member of the clergy. But I do know that you can make 1 of 3 decisions each day to help manage your stress level when it comes to a job hunt!

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  • Stay engaged. This could mean that you keep focused on your job search, or do everything you can to keep your job stable.
  • You can spend time making some career decisions. Do you want to stay on your career path or make a change?
  • Give yourself permission to take a break. Deciding to do this is different from just being stuck and doing nothing. One can energize you; the other will keep you stressed.

As a career coach, these are the types of issues I discuss with my clients every day. If you’re feeling stressed out about your job search, you can schedule a NO CHARGE consultation to discuss ways I can help in the professional part of your life. Let’s get you focused on moving ahead in your career without insane levels of stress and panic!