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Managing stress for jobseekers: working with recruitment experts
1 Apr 2024 | Words by Star People

For active jobseekers, the process of finding a new role can be a significant source of stress and anxiety, with various challenges and uncertainties that can take a toll on mental and emotional wellbeing.

Searching for a job can be a rollercoaster ride of emotions. The excitement of exploring new opportunities is often accompanied by the worry of rejection, uncertainty about the future, and the pressure to succeed. Additionally, the process itself can be time-consuming, with numerous applications, interviews, and follow-ups required.

Stress can not only negatively impact your mental health but also hinder your ability to perform well during interviews and make sound decisions. One effective way to reduce stress levels is to work with a specialist recruitment team.

Hello, we’re Star People.

We place forward-thinking candidates in their perfect role, giving you access to an exciting range of vacancies with real career progression. Partnering with a reputable recruitment agency like us can alleviate much of the stress associated with job-hunting.

Our team has extensive industry knowledge and connections across pharma, medtech and biotech, so we can identify suitable opportunities that align with your skills and preferences, plus company fit and culture.

Senior Recruitment Consultant for medtech, Alice Smith, says: “Alongside moving house, getting married and starting a family, securing a new job is up there with one of the most stressful life events, if you’re doing it alone that is!

Working with a consultant that you trust and has your interests at heart is one of the easiest ways to alleviate stress when it comes to finding your next dream job.

Alice Smith, Senior Recruitment Consultant, MedTech

“You’ll have someone to confide in and discuss the pros and cons of opportunities; you gain insider knowledge into the interview process to make sure you are as prepared as possible; you have someone fighting your corner who can chase feedback and make sure that your CV goes to the right person, and you have someone who can ask the difficult questions about salary and benefits, which are often a taboo subject to raise during interview, allowing you to concentrate on selling yourself.”

We take the time to understand your needs and career drivers to ensure the best result. Plus, we can provide you with guidance on preparing for interviews, negotiating job offers, and navigating the job search process effectively.

Our recruitment specialities span:

  • Research & Development
  • Clinical Project Managers
  • Clinical Nurse Specialists
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Quality Assurance & Quality Control
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical Science Liaisons
  • Market Access
  • Market Research
  • Medical Education
  • Pharma Sales
  • Medical Device Sales
  • Advertising & Marketing
  • PR & Communications
  • Digital Solutions
  • Data and Biometrics
  • Support Functions
  • Graduate Recruitment

So, whatever your interest, you can be sure that we have you covered.


Senior Recruitment Consultant, Christian Keenan, says: “When I was made redundant, I set time aside to look for roles each day with breaks in between so I wouldn’t get bogged down. I’d book calls with recruiters and found it useful to alleviate some of the pressure by having them working on my behalf in the background. 

I took breaks and focused my time between core searching and time for myself so I wasn’t going completely bonkers in an already difficult situation!

Christian Keenan, Recruitment Consultant

Our team handles initial screening and communication with potential employers, reducing the burden on you. While we’re doing that, here are some additional strategies that you can employ to stay calm when looking for a new role:

1. Practice self-care: Activities that promote physical and mental wellbeing such as exercise, meditation, or hobbies, can help reduce stress levels and provide a sense of balance.

2. Maintain a routine: Establishing a structured routine for job search activities can help create a sense of control and reduce feelings of overwhelm.

3. Set realistic expectations: Understanding that the job search process can be lengthy and challenging can help manage expectations and prevent disappointment.

4. Practice positive self-talk: Challenging negative thoughts and replacing them with positive affirmations can boost confidence and motivation.

5. Take breaks: Allowing time for rest and relaxation is essential for preventing burnout and maintaining a fresh perspective.

6. Celebrate small victories: Recognising and acknowledging even minor accomplishments during the job search process can help maintain motivation and a sense of progress.


Alice Smith says: “Star People are a collaborative recruitment business. We work as a team to find you as many suitable opportunities as possible that fit your specific criteria.

“With long-term relationships being our main priority, we will only put you forward to roles that we believe will result in a meaningful career move to suit you.”

Our latest pharma, medtech and biotech vacancies can be found on our Careers page.

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