If you can recognize the potential causes and signs of job search depression, you may be able to limit the consequences or even prevent job search depression from happening to you altogether.
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In the summer of 2001, I resigned from a good hitech job in France and moved back to Israel. At one point later, I thought it may have been one of the biggest mistakes of my life.
The next few months were supposed to be for relaxation. However, while I was lounging in the sun, the Internet Bubble burst and with it disappeared the demand for my Web and managerial skills. My only consolation, if you can call it that, was that if I hadn't quit I would have been laid off anyway. A very annoying consolation when you realize that by staying on a few more months, I would have received a compensation package instead of leaving empty-handed. Grrr.
10 months, 2 empty job offers, a handful of interviews and countless resume emails later, I moved on to my next job.
Did I expect it to take so long?
Was it a frustrating uphill climb day in and day out that felt like it might never end?
After month 3, yes.
The moment you realize that your job search is taking longer than you expected is the moment job search depression begins.
A 2002 study at the University of Michigan found “that secondary stressors of job loss such as financial strain and loss of personal control are the true culprits that lead to depression. The study also found that elevated levels of depression ‘may reduce the likelihood of reemployment.'”
In other words, it's the consequences of losing your job that lead to job search depression, not the job loss itself.
As part of a seminal article about his past job search depression, Jason Alba of JibberJobber discussed some of the causes, the first 6 listed here. The additional causes appear together in one easy-to-print list for the prevention metrics below.
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