Job hunting can be exhausting, both emotionally and physically. It frequently necessitates a significant amount of time spent in front of a computer, energy spent networking and making contacts, and perseverance. Rejection letters can be disheartening. Worse, you haven’t heard back from recruiters at all.
This may cause you to feel burnt out, dissatisfied with the hiring process.
You become exhausted and weary. You may believe that your hopes are about to be dashed with just one more unanswered application. You’re on the verge of being overwhelmed by frustration.
However, there are ways to combat this and stay productive and motivated.
How can you avoid it?
- Clarify Your Strategy
Creating a detailed strategy is perhaps the most overlooked aspect of the job search process. Before you even start looking for a job, you should have a good idea of what you want, who you want to work for, and what you need from the company you’re applying to. This process of clarification necessitates effort and careful consideration. After you’ve figured out what you want, figure out how you’re going to get it. All too often, job seekers approach the job search by blasting out applications with little focus. However, in this market, you are better off tailoring each application to the job you are applying for. Rather than reusing the same CV and cover letter for multiple positions, putting more effort into each application will help you stand out. Setting SMART goals is the best way to do this correctly. These are specific, measurable, attainable, timely, and relevant. Set short-, medium-, and long-term goals for your job search.
It is critical to begin the job search with realistic expectations. Your dream job will not appear overnight. It requires time and effort. The longer the job search lasts, the more stress and frustration accumulate. So, if the first month has passed and you still haven’t found work, remember to be patient. Regardless of how difficult the job search is, an opportunity will arise.
- Set Time Limits for Your Daily Search
Spending hours upon hours in front of a computer screen is a sure-fire way to burn out — pun intended. Job seekers are prone to becoming lost in the job listings on LinkedIn or Indeed, or to devoting excessive time to perfecting their CVs or cover letters at the expense of their mental or physical health. Setting a daily time limit for your job search will not only keep the process from becoming too taxing, but it will also keep you from falling into procrastination. Setting a self-imposed time limit forces you to make the most of the time you have available.
- Establish a Routine
You’ve probably heard the adage that humans are creatures of habit. In the case of a job search, this is true. Having a daily routine — some sort of time-bound organizational structure — can make the job search much more manageable. Routines not only boost productivity, but they also have tangible physical health benefits. A good routine, combined with time constraints, can go a long way toward preventing job search burnout.
- Recognize Your Successes
When a process is as difficult as job hunting, it’s critical to give yourself credit where credit is due. Celebrate the small steps toward employment: making a list of SMART goals, emailing a hiring manager, and applying to your top three choices. These small victories indicate that you are making progress. Keep track of these small victories so that when you’re feeling down about the search, you can look back at your list for a pick-me-up.