No Man Is an Island: Overcoming Isolation during your Job Search

by Sharon Fleshman

Over the past several years, there has been quite a bit of research and discussion on what is seen as a rise of social isolation in the United States.  A job search that goes longer than expected can certainly intensify a sense of loneliness.   If you are feeling “stuck” in your job search, continue to reflect on your career goals, network with those in your field of interest, apply for job opportunities, and so on.  However, don’t forget to reach out to others in ways that can energize you as you move forward.

You may have friends who are also conducting a job search. If that’s the case, make a commitment to supporting one another.  Consider volunteering or joining a special interest club where you can connect with like-minded people who share your passions.   Most importantly, touch base with those who really know you well; they can  provide some moral support, help you brainstorm career options and remind you of what you have to offer.

Author: Sharon

Sharon Fleshman is the Senior Associate Director of Career Services for students in Education, Nursing and Social Policy & Practice.