Elyssa Duncan
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Posted April 20, 2021

Job search burnout is real: 3 tips to overcome it

Looking for a job is tough. It can be emotionally and physically exhausting. Here are three strategic tips to avoid burnout and make your search more productive.
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Looking for a job can be physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausting. It takes a lot of time and energy to be constantly applying for new openings while dealing with the ups and downs that come along with the job search process. But the good news is if you've hit a slump, there are ways to work out of it! Here are three tips to keep yourself on track, productive, and motivated.

Make an actionable plan

It might seem like the best way to find work fast is to spend all day, every day searching for jobs. But, if there’s no method to the madness, you may be wasting a lot of valuable time and energy!

  • Make a daily schedule.
    Tools like Google Calendar make it easy to create a plan that carves out periods of time each day for job searching. The time you allocate is dependent on your availability, but even an hour or two per day searching for job openings, sending out applications, and making connections with others is a great start! Stick to the schedule and commit to giving it your best effort during the set times.

  • Set "micro" goals each day.
    If you're anything like me, crossing things off your to-do list is always a great little boost of #motivation! At the start of each day, decide on a few attainable goals that you can accomplish by the end of the day such as:

    • I will apply to 5 new jobs today
    • I will spend 1 hour reformatting my resume
    • I will reach out to 3 contacts that could help me in my job search

You might find that breaking up the entire process into smaller assignments will make the overall task less daunting!

Treat yourself and prioritize self-care

Remember, job searching is a marathon, not a sprint. While self-care might be the last thing on your mind while on the hunt for a new gig, it’s an important factor in your success! If you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed, it’s easy to spiral into feelings of frustration and self-doubt so it’s essential to know when it’s time to calm down, recharge, and care for yourself. Here are some feel-good activities you can use as a way to treat yourself throughout the process:

  • Participating in daily meditation and gratification journaling
  • Going for a a walk with a friend or family member
  • Enjoying a night of take-out from your favorite restaurant
  • Taking some downtime to enjoy your favorite book or Netflix show

Get organized and reduce stress

Applying for multiple roles all at once can have you feeling like a chicken with its head cut off. And believe me, there’s nothing worse than getting an unexpected call from a hiring manager or networking #connection and not being ready.

  • Have your online profile ready to go.
    Having an online profile at your fingertips whenever a perfect job opportunity arises is a great way to optimize your search! Easily accessible from your computer or mobile device, a refreshed, online job profile can simplify the process and help you get to work fast. Besides, online profiles are easy to update, so you’re more likely to have a more comprehensive picture of your work history online versus a paper resume alone.

  • Create a spreadsheet (or two). One of the best ways to keep track of your applications and communications is to create a spreadsheet with software like Excel or Google Sheets. You can keep it basic and just include the necessary information such as:

    • Company name
    • Contact information for hiring manager
    • Date of application
    • Position applied to
    • Interview date
    • Date followed up

Have you ever faced job search burnout? How did you overcome it? Share your experience below!

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ricky snow

A job fell into my lap

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Jeremy Tachell

How did it just fell in your lap?

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Kathleen King

I apply to at least 5 jobs and one git hire before pandemic they had close school still have call me back still wait to start with them .

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Darryl Hartley

Take time off from the job search otherwise you will get frustrated and mad

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