5 Tips for Coping With Depression When Searching for Jobs


I have only recently begun searching for jobs, but it didn’t take long for me to realize and feel how the process is extremely triggering for those with depression. Rejection from companies all too easily links to the negative thoughts that depression encourages, such as low self-worth and feeling as if you are never good enough. I have found it a lot harder to persevere in searching for jobs and to bounce back from rejections. They only reaffirm the voice at the back of my mind that tells me I am of no value to anyone.

As a result of this, I think it is important to tell those who have depression not to give up in following your dreams and finding the right job for you because it is out there. I know this may seem impossible, and I often find it hard to believe, but things will only work out if you never give up and give everything to get what you want. Here is my advice for those who struggle with depression whilst looking for jobs. I hope to give you the tools and mindset to carry on and remember you are of value, even though you might get rejections.

1. As soon as you get rejected from a job, apply for another one.

This way, there is always an element of hope in your job search and something to look forward to. It can also numb the negative thoughts around rejection in helping you maintain a positive state of mind.

2. Think of rejection as the employer’s loss rather than your own.

Remember your self-worth. If the employer does not want to hire you, then the job and the company are not right for you. The right one will acknowledge and respect your skills and attributes.

3. Always remember why you are doing this.

Think about the goal constantly, for instance, if you are searching for a job to buy an apartment or house with your partner, or to save for a wedding. This will make the job search exciting and help you stay positive.

4. Praise yourself and be confident in the skills or attributes that set you apart from others.

Whether this is an aptitude for writing or the ability to speak multiple languages, you should shout it from the rooftops and make sure everyone knows how special you are.

5. Remember everyone else goes through the process of rejection, some probably more than you.

It is not the end of the world if an employer does not want you, and the chances are they probably rejected a lot of other people too.

The key is realize your potential and what makes you unique. Let this shine through, because this is what will make employers want to hire you. If you know your own value, others will see it too.

We want to hear your story. Become a Mighty contributor here.


Find this story helpful? Share it with someone you care about.


Related to Depression

17 Comments People With Depression Dread Hearing (1)

17 Comments People With Depression Dread Hearing

If you live with depression, you might be used to the insensitive or ignorant comments people can make about it. You may even have a list of things you dread hearing. Have you tried drinking green tea? Maybe you should consider exercising more. You need to focus on the positive. And while these kinds of comments [...]
Wil Weaton

Wil Wheaton's Metaphor for Taking Antidepressants Is Spot On

There are a lot of misconceptions about taking medication to manage depression. Some assume antidepressants are simply “happy pills,” while others think all antidepressants make you devoid of feeling. For those who find antidepressants helpful, medication can be a good weapon against depression. No one should be ashamed of using a tool that works for [...]
man wearing glasses in dark room and peeking through curtain

Why It’s Time to Stop Defining Ourselves by Our Depression

I am depressed. I’m a depressive. I have been diagnosed with depression. I have depression. I experience depressive episodes. How exactly do I describe my mental health? After multiple bouts of it and years of treatment, I still don’t know precisely how to sum it up. And that’s before I bring up any other mental [...]
stressed man head in the cloud

What I Want You to Remember If You're Navigating the 'Depression Fog'

I wake to an empty bed, empty room, empty house — save for the dogs sleeping soundly at my feet, and the cats whose whereabouts are unknown. I swing my legs over the side of the bed and throw away the sheets. Lines of light seep through closed wooden blinds. By the sounds outside I [...]