How to support your mental health whilst job searching

Whatever your reason for looking for a new role, searching for the right job can be an emotional rollercoaster as well as very time consuming.  To be in the best possible frame of mind for this challenge it is important to look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Here are our top 10 tips for supporting your mental health whilst job searching:

  • Focus– it can be tempting to apply for every job that you see without really understanding if it is right for you.  Focus on the roles that you really want and the type of organisation you want to work for. The aim is to put your effort and time into a smaller number of targeted applications.
  • Be planned– planning is key to your job search. Identify what you want to achieve each week, e.g. number of job applications and allocate time to maintain momentum.  You will feel a sense of achievement when completing tasks.
  • Manage expectations – it is important to accept that finding a new role can take time and for decisions to be made. Be kind to yourself.
  • Get into a routine– if you are not working create a structure for yourself. If you are job searching full time try to keep to ‘office hours’ , maintaining your usual routine of when you get up, go to bed and have your meals.  Ensure you also take breaks throughout the day.
  • Maintain a balance– job searching can become all-encompassing and take up all our spare time. Whilst it does need dedicated time ensure that you also make time for things that you enjoy that will allow you to relax and recharge.
  • Stay connected and ask for help – staying connected to others is crucial to support our wellbeing.  Reach out to family and friends for support, review your applications or even help with interview practice!
  • Get feedback– ask for feedback wherever you can – from your interview and even your application. This will help with future applications and interviews as well as boosting your confidence knowing what you did well.
  • Remember it’s not personal– it can be really difficult when you are unsuccessful, however it is important to remember that sometime even the best candidates don’t get jobs.  Try to see the outcome as a mis-alignment to your skills and experience and not a rejection of you as a person.

Focus on what you can control – there is much that is out of our control when job searching so place your time and energy on areas that you can control – quality of application, researching organisations that you would like to work for and preparing for interviews.

Unplug– being connected 24/7 can be overwhelming and isn’t healthy for your mind or body, both your brain and body need to recover from working all day so take time to reconnect with yourself by unplugging after work hours.


All our outplacement and career coaching services include a focus on you and your wellbeing.  If you would like to understand more about how we can support you with your career transition or job searching please do get in touch on or give us a ring on 01952 212429.

Gemma Carter-Morris – Head of Wellbeing – Next Steps Outplacement

Gemma is a qualified wellbeing coach with over 15 years experience gained primarily within Higher Education.  Gemma uses her coaching and wellbeing experience to support individuals through the outplacement process with a particular focus on them as an individual.

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