Managing the stress of looking for a job

By Kristen Gerencher, InfoWorld |  Career

"If you haven't heard back after a week, call the hiring authority or the
recruiter, whichever is appropriate, to find out what's going on," Zitron says. "One of
my ex-clients called the hiring authority to find out why he wasn't selected, and it
turned out [they] never saw his résumé. He got an interview."

Allow for disappointment.

If it turns out you didn't get the job, it's OK to mourn, as long as you keep it
brief.

"I say give yourself 15 minutes to be really disappointed, 30 minutes if it's a
really great job. And then, get on with it! Start looking for other stuff," Zitron
says.

After all, it could have nothing to do with you.

"You could be coming in a quarter where they're doing very well, but then suddenly
they're projected for low earnings and that changes everything," Zitron says.

Maintain a positive attitude.

"Trust that you are focused on an opportunity that is a great fit for your style
and your career goals," Zitron says.

Keep quiet.

Although it may be tempting to let your co-workers in on your external prospects,
Zitron says that's probably not wise.

"I find that not only do people resent [other] people getting good opportunities,
they try to end-run them, meaning they find out where the person's interviewing and
they put in their résumé," Zitron says. "[Talking] is not a good idea. Keep
it to yourself. "

Stay on top of your goals.

Staying on top of job trends can be hard work, but it pays off, Zitron says.

"The people I find who manage stress the best are the people who know what their
goals are," Zitron says."They believe that they deserve to have satisfying work, they
expect to find it, and they consider themselves always tracking it. If you're working
just for the money, it's a mistake. You're not in the right work. You should re-
evaluate, because there are too many people out there having a wonderful time, and you
should be one of them."

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