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The Job Search and Mental Health

When It's Not Just the Job Market

When you’re up to your ears in job applications, resume corrections, and employment woes, it can be easy to lose your perspective. Looking for a job can be a lonely process, particularly if you’re also missing the community you had where you used to live, or where you used to work.

By Emilie Duck

These feelings of missing out are only compounded by the stressors of life in the job market. The stress of sending out applications without knowing what the outcome might be, of worrying about financial strain, and of trying to keep the rest of your life in balance while your professional life feels out of control. In the job market, all of the rewards you desire are out there somewhere in your future, and it’s up to you to maintain the motivation, the daily scheduling, and the problem-solving attitude required to turn that future into a reality.

But sometimes, you can’t.

Sometimes, you can’t write a resume. Sometimes, you can’t stand the thought of sitting through another interview and waiting by your phone for yet another week to hear whether or not you got the job.

Sometimes, this attitude sticks around for a weekend. When that’s the case, you find yourself ordering pizza, because you certainly aren’t doing any dishes (or writing any targeted cover letters, thank you very much). And while you’re at it, you’re going to binge on Netflix and tell the screen to stop judging you—yes, you are still watching that show, even if you didn’t click “next”—while you sit with a pint of ice cream. In case the specifics weren’t proof enough, I hear you. I’ve been there, pajamas and all.

If you or someone you know is facing a crisis, text to 838255 or call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 to talk to someone at the Military/Veteran Crisis line.