How to Fight Job Search Depression

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Job search can become such a difficult process that some will fall into a terrible depression. Here are several steps that will help you get out of it.

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Hi. I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. And people hire me for no BS career advice, which can relate to the job search, hiring more effectively, management, leadership, career transitions and being more effective in the workplace.

Job hunting can be depressing. You don’t get results, you feel frustrated, you beat yourself up. Well-meaning people will say to you, ‘Hey, how’s it going in your search,’ and it just sticks a dagger inside of you.

I was working with someone recently. He’s got his struggles. I worked with someone previously. She had her struggles. We started to construct a plan for howSad to deal with it. The first thing I asked them to do is, ‘Okay, you reached out to me, and I can feel the depression that you’re going through. I can hear it in your voice. Maybe take a little bit of time off. Just get away from this for half a day, an hour. Get yourself recalibrated as best you can. Distract yourself with someone or something in order to get yourself out of this loop that you’re starting to get into that’s only going to feed the depression and fear ,feed the feeling that you can’t do this. Okay?’

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The next thing we started to do is look at where the job search was breaking down because most people don’t know how to job search. They think they do. They apply to a lot of jobs. They interview at places; they get turned down. But they don’t really know how to find work. They don’t know how to interview if they get past the first round of interviews, et cetera, et cetera, et cetera.

So what we started to do is deconstruct the places where they weren’t doing the research well. We got them organized so that they’d be in a position where they could start to note the things that were going well, and improve upon the things that weren’t. Maintain perspective, or develop a perspective that is more useful than just simply saying to yourself, ‘I’m never going to find a job’ as so many people do. Best of all, as they demonstrated from the very beginning with working with me, they asked for help. And I was able to help them look at the process that they were engaged in better than before.

In one case I’ve worked with over the years, we have them revisit their career goals, because the fact of the matter was what they were looking for was unreasonable. They wanted to do something that the market didn’t support. It was more of work that will be existing for volunteers than it would for an employee.

Lastly, in some cases, there are additional skills you need to learn, in order to ensure that firms that should be interested in you are interested in you, then we packaged that in a way that the employers would understand what it is that someone could deliver for them. As a result, in each case, ( and I’m still working with one now), we’ve been moving forward. We help them get to where they needed to get to. And you can do the same thing.

It all starts with getting some help or support. Hire a coach. Put yourself in a position where what you’re able to do is very simply get the help that you need to move through the process. For some people, if you don’t have a therapist that you’re working with, get a therapist to work with. A coach is going to deal with concrete things. But the fact of the matter is get some help so that this way, you don’t get stuck in this loop that isn’t going to help you get to where you need to which is working at a different place or working well together.

I’m Jeff Altman. I hope you found this helpful. My website,, has a ton in the blog that will help you with all those categories I mentioned earlier. In addition, if you’d like me to coach you, you can schedule time for a free discovery call or we can go right into coaching so I can help you. Also, my site has information about my courses, books, and guides. Again, a lot there to help.

Lastly, connect with me on Linkedin at My network tends to be a lot bigger than most people’s. So the people who I’m connected with become your second-level connection so you can start reaching out to more folks.

Have a terrific day and, most importantly, be great!

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game HunterJeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. He is hired to provide No BS Career Advice globally. That can involve job search, hiring staff, management, leadership, career transition and advice about resolving workplace issues. Schedule a discovery call at my website,

He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with over 2400 episodes.

I do a livestream on LinkedIn, and YouTube (on the account) Tuesdays and Fridays at 1 PM Eastern. You can send your questions about job search, hiring better, management, leadership or to get advice about a workplace issue to me via messaging on LinkedIn or in chat during the approximately 30-minute show.




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