A study published in the June issue of the Journal of Clinical Psychology claims that the skills taught in depression therapies can help one get a job offer. The skills include determining and countering negative thoughts, dividing difficult task to smaller parts and participating in activities that lighten one’s mood.
“Searching for a job is difficult in any circumstance, but it may be even more difficult for people who are depressed,” says co-author Daniel Strunk, an associate professor of psychology at The Ohio State University. “But we found that there are specific skills that can help not only manage the symptoms of depression but also make it more likely that a person will receive a job offer.”
The researchers surveyed 75 unemployed people, ages 20 to 67. These participants partook in two online surveys, three months apart, which estimated their thoughts, negative cognitive style, depressive symptoms, and dysfunctional attitudes.
The participants who used more of the cognitive behavior skills were more likely to land a job. They were also more likely to experience improvements in their depressive symptoms.
“Some people just naturally catch themselves when they have negative thoughts and refocus on the positive and use other CB (cognitive behavior) skills,” points out Strunk. “These are the people who were more likely to find a job.”
While many job seekers may easily feel discouraged and depressed after experiencing too many rejections, which is a very common occurrence, the researchers assert that these skills can help keep them on track. If unemployed people keep using these, then the factors that hold them back and succeeding in finding a job can now be controlled.
Still, the research team notes that the roles that dysfunctional attitudes and negative cognitive style play in getting a job offer or improving depression remain unclear. They want to conduct further investigations to find out.