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4 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Your Job Search

November 10th, 2017

By Stephen Lecker, Toronto Financial Recruiter

Searching for a job can be stressful. There is no doubt about it. So, if you are feeling a little stressed by the prospects of searching for a job, it’s important to know you are not alone.

It’s common for you to feel stressed, especially if you are fresh out of school or are currently unemployed. If you have a job and are ready to move on, it can be stressful trying to find the time to look and to keep it quiet.

Stop Thinking and Start Doing


Searching for a job can be a daunting proposition. Thinking about it this way can make it stressful from the onset. So, stop thinking about the job search and dive in. Start by updating your resume, LinkedIn profile, gathering references, and start searching for jobs online.

Create a Plan

Creating a job search plan is ideal. It helps you get organized and set realistic expectations for yourself. Think about how much time per day or week you can dedicate to the search. Schedule time to search and apply for jobs, network, and look for opportunities. Most importantly, stick to your plan.

Keep a Positive Mental Attitude

positive attitude

It can be easy to get discouraged during a job search. Perhaps a company you wanted to work for didn’t get back to you for an interview, or you got an interview but weren’t ultimately chosen for the job. This happens. Try not to take it personally and understand it’s part of the process. Staying positive will help you to keep moving forward.

Understand Rejection Is Part of the Process

Expect to lose more than you win. This is just how the job search process works. Don’t expect to get a call for an interview for every application you submit. In fact, you won’t get a call for most. You’re competing with a large pool of people who are just as qualified as you. Remember, all you need is one win to land a new job.

At the end of the day, if you put in the work, you will get the result you want – a new job. Keep plugging away and good things will happen.

More Job Search Tips

Check out these blog posts for more great job search tips and advice:

3 Tips for Dealing with Job Search Rejection

4 LinkedIn Profile Mistakes That Could Hurt Your Job Search

What Can a Headhunter Do to Improve My Job Search?


IQ PARTNERS is an Executive Search & Recruitment firm supporting clients across the country. We help companies hire better, hire less & retain more. We have specialist teams of recruiters in Technology (IT), Accounting and Finance, Consumer Goods, eCommerce and Retail, Financial Services and Insurance, B2B and Industrial, Operations and HR, Professional Services and Legal, Media, Digital and Marketing, Pharmaceutical and Life Sciences, Emerging Technology and Telecom, and  Sales. IQ PARTNERS has its head office in Toronto and operates internationally via Aravati Global Search Network. Click here to view current job openings and to register with us.

Stephen Lecker

Stephen is a Partner and Practice Lead in the Accounting and Finance group. In 2011 Stephen purchased The London Group, and over the next several years built a small team and became a go-to recruiter for several mid-sized accounting firms. In 2016 the London Group merged with IQ PARTNERS, allowing Stephen to grow his accounting and finance recruitment practice under the umbrella of IQ PARTNERS.

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