How to Cope With Job Search Depression by Elaine Curated Careers

Don’t forget to keep networking and meeting new people. We’re sure you’re thinking “how much more patient can one be? ” Try not to be in such a frenzy over just “getting a job,” that you forget about your personal goals. However, if you are unable to get feedback directly from the employer practice your interview skills with someone else.

What are the 5 stages of burnout?

  • Honeymoon phase. Like a honeymoon phase in a marriage, this stage comes with energy and optimism.
  • Onset of stress phase. Eventually, the honeymoon phase dwindles, and you begin to experience stress.
  • Chronic stress phase.
  • Burnout phase.
  • Habitual burnout phase.

And for some employers it is—they are mostly interested in your resume. But for others, particularly for jobs where writing skills are important, the cover letter is an extremely important document and you should spend time crafting it. Writing a strong cover letter is particularly essential when you are transitioning to a new or different career field. You can use the letter to explain your strengths relative to the new position and your depression and job search knowledge of the new field. Check this post for transitioning to a new career, and this one for improving your cover letter. For job seekers experiencing job search depression, it’s even more important than usual for you to lean on your support systems. Talking to a close friend about your frustrations, or pursuing therapy if that’s available to you, can give you another perspective that may change the way you look at the job hunt.

Rejection and the Job Search

The response was very favorable and she agreed to hold on to my resume and call me back when a position that was a good fit opened up. I didn’t follow up to ask why or complain, I followed up to thank her and to see if new positions were available. We appreciate your interest in our company but after careful consideration, I am sorry to let you know we have decided on a different candidate that better matched our qualifications. Sometimes, I never heard back from the employer or even knew if they had seen my application. Each tailored industry resume I wrote kept me glued to the computer for hours. Photo by jurien huggins on UnsplashI’ve said it before and I know I’ll say it a few more times yet. Dealing emotionally with this sort of adversity is a skill few of us have been taught, and it requires building new habits in our personal lives.

Also, look to meet with people who are, like you, out of work and exchange ideas on what is working and not working in your job search. In addition, each of these options can help take your mind away from your negative feelings and give you something else to put time and energy into. When that call or email finally comes, though, and you schedule an interview with a prospective employer, your brain triggers the release of endorphins. Your self-esteem soars, and suddenly, your upbeat mindset is back —until you get a rejection email or letter informing you that you weren’t chosen for the position. With these highs and lows, hopes and disappointments,the job search becomes an emotional roller coaster.

You’ll have greater happiness and personal satisfaction

Chatting about non-work-related topics with friends and family will give your mind a necessary break as well. The job I took is so different from my previous and I have been expected to be a mind reader.

  • Treatment is provided by, for instance, a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist working in a mental health institution, hospital or private practice.
  • First, it was the number of applications that were rejected before I even scored an interview.
  • But if it feels like nothing you’re doing is working, it might be time for a new approach.
  • Perhaps you’re not finding the full time job you want — that doesn’t mean you have sit at home and wait for an employer’s call.

[University of Stellenbosch Business School] USB’s Prof Anita Bosch partakes in round table held by women-led WDB Investment Holdings

Prof Anita Bosch, Research Chair: Women at Work at the University of Stellenbosch Business School (USB), was recently invited to participate at a round table on the future of women at work. This virtual seminar was hosted by Women’s Development Business (WDB) Investment Holdings and the International Women’s Forum South Africa (IWFSA). The event was attended by leading female executives and gender rights campaigners.


Prof Bosch conveyed contextual issues relating to women in leadership and the gender pay gap in South Africa, as well as reasons for persistent gendered patterns in South African workplaces.


She said: “It must be stated that South Africa remains a deeply patriarchal society with cultural norms, upheld by both men and women that place men as leaders and women as caregiving supporters. Whilst this ordering may be useful in some households, it does not contribute to women’s economic advancement.”

The University of Stellenbosch Business School, under the auspices of the Research Chair for Women at Work, will embark on a research project on gender pay governance this year. Prof Bosch and her team will also continue with their work on pay transparency – where they compared systems in 16 other countries. “The King Codes should provide more explicit guidance on measures for gender pay parity. And unless legislation has teeth, gender pay parity will remain elusive. Pay certification by employers may be another avenue to equalise pay,” Prof Bosch suggested.

“Measures such as The Workplace Gender Equality Agency of the Australian government should be considered, however, we should also be mindful of the culture of punishment that we may be cultivating over time by merely placing legal obligations on companies without incentivising good transformation practices sufficiently. Pushing through with policy measures that have not been deliberated from all stakeholder perspectives may not be helpful,” she said.

She also added that “whilst the South African constitution does not allow for quotas, numerical targets should be driven with greater focus, similar to procurement targets from women-owned businesses”.

Prof Bosch said all South African women are not the same. “Our structural positioning in present day practice and lived experience should be taken into consideration when crafting policy. It is not only women board members and leaders that need policy support but indeed all the women – from the ones that take care of households to the ones that have reached the highest echelons of workplace power.”


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