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PRDV101: Job Search Skills

Unit 3: Stress Management  

The third and final unit in this course is entitled “Stress Management.” The research in the field of stress tells us that unhealthy levels of stress may be the single biggest factor in sabotaging our otherwise well-formulated job search plan. You have progressed through the steps of self-assessment and have explored various resources that offer relevant information about your potential job or career. Hopefully, you are experiencing a level of excitement about your future. Change, however, brings feelings of uncertainty and risk. You will learn in this unit that while it is not possible to simply banish these thoughts from your mind, you can take steps to recognize specific stressors in your life and learn how to “manage” or cope with this stress. Please begin by viewing Saylor Academy's brief video, “Recognizing and Managing Stress.”

Unit 3 Time Advisory

This unit should take you approximately 1.25 hours to complete.

  • Subunit 3.1: 0.25 hours
  • Subunit 3.2: 0.50 hours
  • Subunit 3.3: 0.25 hours
  • Subunit 3.4: 0.25 hours

Unit3 Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the unit, the student will be able to: - List various life events that psychiatrists Holmes and Rahe contend contribute to risk of illness. - Create a Stress Diary to track various stressors in the student’s life. - List the positive outcomes resulting from being a “positive thinker” and the negative outcomes from being a “negative thinker.”

3.1 Introduction to Managing Stress

Web Media: Saylor Academy’s “Managing Stress” (YouTube)

Instructions: This 3-minute video addresses wellness and introduces concepts contained in Unit 3 relating to the need for stress management in our lives. For example, you will learn how to recognize your long-term and short-term stressors and that you have the power to choose to frame challenges you face throughout your job search as insurmountable obstacles or potential opportunities.

Viewing this video and note-taking should take less than 15 minutes to complete.

Terms of Use:This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. It is attributed to Saylor Academy

3.2 Recognizing and Coping with Long Term Stress**

Reading: MindTools™: “The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale: Understanding the Impact of Long-Term Stress” (HTML)

Instructions: In 1967, Psychiatrists Thomas H. Holmes and Richard Rahe created “The Social Readjustment Rating Scale” (called The Holmes and Rahe Stress Scale) comprised of 43 Life Change events and their weighted assigned value. Please click on the link above. To take this test and score your stress levels, check the box if a particular life event has applied to you in the past year. The scores and their interpretations are indicated below the test. Scores are indicators of your level of risk of becoming ill in the very near future. Finally, MindTools™ directs you to sites which address “What You Can Do about This?”

This resource should take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

3.3 Short-Term Stress, Causes, and Coping Tips

Reading: MindTools™: “Stress Diary” (HTML)

Instructions: Please click on the link above, and read this entire webpage. This site reminds us that we are all under stress every day. Some stress causes us to be productive, but we need to recognize the level of stress at which we prefer to operate. By keeping a diary, the authors suggest that you can learn to analyze your short-term stressors (e.g. dealing with difficult people, poor time management, burnout, etc.) and learn to manage them. You may find it helpful to maintain a Stress Diary throughout your job search.

This resource should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

3.4 The Power of Positive Thinking

Reading: MindTools™: “Are You a Positive or Negative Thinker?” (HTML)

Instructions: Please click on this link above, and read the entire webpage to learn how positive and negative thinking can become self-fulfilling prophesies. Positive thinkers are more optimistic, happier, and healthier than negative thinkers and are, therefore, associated with more positive actions and outcomes. This site offers a quiz to determine whether you are a positive or negative thinker. The article gives us examples of how pessimistic thinkers frame a situation so that outcomes are self-defeating, whereas optimists see the same event as an opportunity for gain or change!

This reading will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

Terms of Use: Please respect the copyright and terms of use displayed on the webpage above.

Unit Assessment

Assessment: Saylor Academy’s “Unit 3 Assessment” (HTML)

Instructions: In Unit 3, you learned how to recognize and manage stress during your job search. Complete this assessment to gauge your understanding of the topics covered in this unit. The correct answers will be displayed when you click the “Submit”button.

Retake this quiz as needed to prepare for the Final Exam. Relax and enjoy!

Completing this quiz should take approximately 5 minutes.