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How To Avoid Falling Into A Depression While Looking For Work

Here are 5 ways to keep your spirits high when dealing with rejection letters and junk job offers.

Finding a job can be a difficult task.

It’s easy to spend hours looking for positions, only to find two that aren’t really of interest. You spend another hour going through the application and writing the perfect cover letter. It should say “Hire me!” It should also include all keywords necessary to be read by recruiters.

All you can do now is to wait. That’s when a series questions starts to nag you. What will I do if the hiring manager doesn’t respond? How can I reach the hiring manager to inquire about the deadlines, and show that I’m the right candidate for the job?

It doesn’t take long before your morale begins to plummet. Your self-confidence starts to drop when you receive the first rejection letter in your inbox. You start to feel irritated by the screen and the endless list of jobs that you are trying to find becomes less interesting.

You are at risk of falling into depression at this moment, which will not help you with your job search.

Finding work is a way to build mental strength. You need an action plan so that you can get through this time without becoming depressed or self-deprecating.

These are five strategies to help you stay positive while searching for a job.

1. Do not spend your entire day searching for work

You won’t be able to spend your entire day on the computer sending out resumes. If you don’t get a job right away, you will be bombarded by rejection letters that will do nothing to help your self-esteem.

A part-time job is best when you are looking for a job. This will depend on your financial situation. You can take a break if you’re collecting unemployment, and it helps you pay your bills and other financial obligations temporarily.

If you are able to live with your parents, or your partner, take regular mental breaks to write cover letter and submit applications.

It takes time to find a job, but you don’t have to look for work every hour of your day.

2. Get out of your house at least once every two days

It is detrimental to your mental and physical health to be locked up for so many days.

You can go to a coffee shop with Wi-Fi once per week to enjoy a cup of coffee or tea while you continue your job search. You will feel more productive and refreshed if you are around people.

You don’t have to think that you can afford coffee. You can always find a better place. You must get out of your house.

The library is a wonderful place to work or change your surroundings. It is also free! You can sit in one of the comfortable chairs, or at a nearby table, and take in the tranquil atmosphere created by the book-filled corridors.

These little outings are a great excuse to get out of the house and shower, dress, and get ready.

3. Connect with your support network

It is tempting to become a hermit while searching for a job. You feel the need to be focused on finding a job and stay at home.

It’s easier to stay home and avoid the fearful question, “What do you do?” People who don’t know your name usually do.

It is not possible to isolate yourself. It will not magically help you find work. Instead, you’ll feel isolated and more aware of the fact that you’re unemployed.

This is why it is important to reach out to your support network.

Talking to your family may be as simple as talking with them every other week, or every two weeks. Talk to your closest friends or share your feelings with your partner.

It is comforting to know that others are there for you and praying for your success. This will remind you that you’re not the only one going through this difficult time in your life.

4. Don’t put all your hopes on a single application

You will undoubtedly be eager to hear the answers to your questions. That is fine. You need to stop placing too much pressure on applicants to be successful.

You apply for a job at a company, and you’re excited about the opportunity. This position would suit you perfectly and you can see yourself flourishing and growing in this incredible organization.

You then get that dreaded email. “We appreciate your interest in our company, but we have decided that we will go ahead with another applicant.”

You’re sunk. You are now sinking.

You shouldn’t be so attached to a job that you feel defeated if it doesn’t happen.

Maintain a strong emotional buffer between yourself and your requests. You won’t get as many rejection emails or phone calls the next time.

5. Participate in your community starting at the beginning

It is impossible to predict how long you will be without work so get involved in other activities.

It doesn’t mean you have to collaborate with every organization in your area just because they are good for you. It’s an excellent way to build relationships with people and gives you a sense a purpose and accomplishment.

Volunteering at a local museum, for example, could be a great way to engage children in fun activities and learn about nature. You can feel more involved in your community and improve your public speaking skills.

You can also forget about your job applications temporarily.

Sometimes, a sense of accomplishment can be all that is needed to make a bad day better.


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Hello, my name’s Marvin Armstrong, maritime seaman and sailor by trade.

This blog, although it wasn't meant to be a blog, but rather the site about my maritime interest, has now expanded to be an expression of my own lifestyle itself where I cover my interests and discoveries.

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