The standard job hunt involves a massive range of emotions: You’ll go rapidly from the highs of acceptance to the lows of rejection. For your job search and for your own sanity, you must be capable of keeping an even keel.

So, how do you handle your feelings so that they are on your side, as opposed to working against you? Handling your emotions starts with understanding them and how they have an impact on your behavior.


Getting a grip on your emotions in any scenario starts off with having a strong, healthy self-image. In a job search, this means you should embracing your talents, strong points, passions and accomplishments. Stay away from jobs that go against your own sense of self as you may not ever truly fit in without some sort of compromise over what you feel is right.

You should also focus on your feelings during various stages of your search, as well as how those feelings are linked to your self-image and adjust accordingly. Recognize that some days and weeks will be better than others. Make the most of the days when you feel energized and give yourself space to perk up when your enthusiasm is low.


For better or worse, people don’t perceive us the same way we perceive ourselves. For people looking for work, that means you must represent yourself in the best manner possible, while still staying true to who you are as a person.

Make sure you aren’t going on social media to rage against everything. When interacting both online and offline, consider your tone, selection of words, and timing. Get feedback the ways you represent yourself, so you can make adjustments if needed. Erase any unprofessional material from all your social media profiles.

Embrace social life

A huge part of professional life involves social interaction and good social interaction is a big part of mental health. Therefore, maintaining and developing social relationships can both help alleviate the stress of a job search, and allow you to develop your social abilities for networking.

Get used to really paying attention to others and giving your full attention when another person is talking. Ask questions and be curious about other people, on both a personal and professional level. Attempt to put yourself in someone else’s shoes when hearing their concerns.

Have good habits

Take a proactive strategy to dealing with stress by maintaining good habits. Get physical exercise on a regular basis. Eat food that is good for you. Steer clear of drinking too much alcohol or using drugs. Try out meditation or make room for mindfulness in your life. Talk to other people about your feelings rather than keeping them bottled up.

Make smart, not emotional decisions

It’s essential to follow your emotions when making career decisions, but you don’t want to make bad choices based purely on your feelings.

When making career decisions, don’t forget about your support network: Ask for honest feedback and useful information. Taking into consideration the input and feedback of others reduces the emotional part of decision-making.

At HCR, we help people with all aspects of a job search and getting assistance from us can go a long way toward easing your job search concerns. Please contact us today to find out how we can help.


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