Mental Health Week: Anxiety
Mental Health week has come around again.
Since March 2020, when we were plunged into a pandemic, it feels as though we have become much better at talking about mental health. Thankfully we are better at identifying issues and supporting our family, friends and colleagues when they are affected by poor mental health.
If the conversation around mental health is ongoing and, as a society, our awareness levels have increased over the last few years, do we really need a dedicated week when surely we should always be mindful of the mental health of those around us?
The answer is clearly YES. Post pandemic life is more complex than ever and with so many external factors affecting us it is important to know that if you are suffering from poor mental health, you can access the support you need.
This year there is a focus on anxiety and as recruiters, this is something we face on a daily basis. Applying for a job can be stressful but, at Hasson Associates, we try to limit that stress for you by talking you through the process, reassuring you, ensuring you’re fully prepared and you know what to expect at every stage of your journey.
Throughout the job search there is a high degree of anxiety; fear of rejection at CV stage, preparation for interview, salary negotiation and perhaps the biggest decision of them all – should you accept a new job or not? Its part of our job to help you, guide you and limit any anxiety for you throughout the process.
In Mental Health Week, I asked our team of experienced recruiters what their best advice is to help you cope with the stresses of finding a new role:
Abi says – “Prepare, practice, if its remote make sure your tech works and breathe”.
Damon says – “Be confident, they want to interview you because of what you have achieved so far”.
Catherine says – “Use a recommended recruiter – someone you can trust to support you through the process”.
The market research industry has come along way towards opening this conversation with agencies and employers of research professionals, have a look at which companies have taken proactive steps towards creating a better environment for their staff. https://www.mrs.org.uk/resources/ceo-inclusion-pledge
Look after yourselves and each other. Be aware of those around you, reach out to colleagues if you feel they’re struggling and if you feel anxious seek the support you need. Good mental health is important for all, there is help out there.