Even though the economy is looking up, the job market can still be tough, especially for veterans transitioning back into civilian life. Worrying can creep on just about anyone but the added stress of transitioning can make job searching even harder.

Here’s some career advice that will help ease the worry and create a better mindset for the job hunt.

1. Make a plan of attack:

Stop worrying about how you’re going to approach a situation or job. Sitting there and stewing about situation will never help achieve the end result. If you create a plan of attack then it will help you find the solution, whether it’s writing a cover letter, creating a resume or interview for a job, map it out.


2. Believe in yourself and don’t worry about what others think:

Recognize the great qualities that you have and put it to the paper and exude those when interviewing. There’s always things we can fix about ourselves but focus on the good and work on what you can. If you stay positive and show confidence, you won’t have to worry.


3. Be Present:

Don’t worry about the future, focus on the “now.” Remember that the future doesn’t exist yet, we create it. So focus on what you’re doing now to get to where you want to be in the future. Take action and don’t wait for things to happen, if you wait opportunities might pass you by.


4. Keep a worry journal: 

Every time you can’t sleep or can’t quite your mind, write it down. Dale Carnegie once said, “If you can’t sleep, then get up and do something instead of lying there worrying. It’s the worry that gets you, not the lack of sleep.” Keeping track will help you understand what you worry about. Whether it’s job related or in your home life, a journal will shine light on what creates more stress.


5. Learn to relax: 

Whether it’s yoga or just taking 15-20 minutes to sit and reflect, relaxation techniques will always calm the mind. The techniques are supposed to help release tension throughout the body while letting go of worrying thoughts. Next time your consumed with worry, try one or 2 of the techniques.

Job hunting can be tough and with the added stress of worrying who, if anyone, will be interested in an interview? If you will get the job? When will you get the job? All of those things can weigh on a person but these tips can help keep your mind at ease and stay focused on your goals.