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Five Ways to Job Search When You Have Mental Illness



How many times have you taken a job that you were extremely under-qualified or overqualified for? Did that ever leave you feeling either overwhelmingly unaccomplished, or like you were drowning in failure? No, like, seriously. Read the job description IN FULL. Make sure that you understand the hours/schedule, expectations, time constraints and time commitments, demands and the day-to-day aspects of the position. Make sure to gain additional insider information by researching the role online, and also by consulting with the employer for details as well.

2. Research the company’s values.Β 

Do you know what this company stands for? What’s their mission statement? Do they value teamwork, communication, efficiency and/or innovation? These things are IMPORTANT TO KNOW. It is a lot easier to work for an employer in which you share like goals, ambitions and beliefs with. These things will help to ease any anxiety you may have personally in your life, thus, increasing the quality of your overall physical, mental and emotional health in your career and from within.


3. Investigate the company’s reviews, i.e. Glassdoor. (work/life balance, hours, work schedule, company culture, company activities, day-to-day, conflict resolution measures, employee retention, employee recognition, pay raises – if any; etc.)Β 

What do current or previous employees have to say? Make sure to check none other than Glassdoor. Folks never seem to hold back once they spill the beans on that site. Thoroughly review the company’s ratings, and examine the comments left by those affiliated with the company for constructive criticism and feedback. It will save you a ton of headache and heartache in the long run!

4. Look into the company’s current, recent or upcoming projects, sponsors, affiliations and/or commitments. Make sure that these endeavors fit your professional and/or personal goals as well in regards to your career, health, wellness and happiness.

What organizations does this employer work for or partner with? Are you bothered by or proud of the employer’s doings within the community? These are great questions to make sure that you can answer for YOURSELF. DO YOUR HOMEWORK before you say, “I do.”

5. CHECK THE PAY. Make SURE that it works for you.

Think of the amount of time that you will spend dedicated to this position. Money wise, is it worth your possible lack of sleep, family time, vacation time or social freedom with friends? Remember to keep a healthy work/life balance, ESPECIALLY because you live with a mental illness. As always, love and value yourself!

I will share more soon! ❀ I hope these help.

What are some tips that have helped your career

along the way?

Until next time πŸ™‚


R.K.B. is an award winning self-published Author, Poet and Entrepreneur from Detroit, Michigan.

Visit her website to learn more, and stay updated on her upcoming works and events:Β http://www.intomywoods.comΒ !

By R.K.B.

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7 replies on “Five Ways to Job Search When You Have Mental Illness”

And it is easy to blame a mental illness on your current job and seek ANYTHING that will change your situation. Make absolutely certain you are not moving for the wrong reasons. Depression has led me to job hunting numerous times but then I realise that I could never find another workplace with similar freedom or such lovely colleagues. The pay might be better elsewhere but that should not be the main consideration – especially if the job wil mess with your head in other ways.

Great post.

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