Job market ‘waiting-game’ tips?
Job market ‘waiting-game’ tips?

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In our newest “how can we help you?” thread, a reader asks:

Any advice for coping with the interminable periods of waiting to hear back about job applications? How do you stay focused while navigating the emotional ups and downs? Do you have any strategies for maintaining focus, or for resetting when you find yourself distracted? It’s my first year and I am struggling. Some days are fine…and other days I feel like a wreck with no self-control, opening zillow and refreshing my inbox, wondering and worrying, and not writing.

Excellent questions, and I’m curious to hear from readers. I have to confess that when I was on the market, I didn’t have any special strategies for handling this stuff. I was pretty much stressed and preoccupied all of the time. But I’ve always been able to focus on work, so during work hours, that’s more or less what I did: bury my head in writing, teaching, grading, etc. I also went for a lot of long walks and runs with my dog, listening to music–things which have always been calming for me. But again, I really struggled, as I suspect most job marketeers do.

Any of you have any helpful tips for the OP?

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