Job search burnout can affect all aspects of your life from your health, your personal relationships, and even your likelihood of obtaining a job. Job search burnout can be identified by the following symptoms
- decreased satisfaction with your search
- experiencing lower productivity
- increased personal conflicts
- reduced commitment to network
- spending too much time in isolation due to ineffective organization
- feeling dejected, depressed, listless, or agitated
Celebrate all kinds of accomplishments and wins–large and small. Make a list of all the things you’ve done well in a single week in regards to your job search. Did you network? Did you research your top five companies? Take yourself out to dinner, go see a movie, do something fun.
Exercise between each stage of your job search: writing a cover letter, putting together a resume, and sending applications. Aim for 1 hour of exercise per day.
Focus on a maximum of five jobs at one time. Doing so will allow you time to focus on what they are looking for in a candidate. Follow these five companies on LinkedIn, and network with people at the company in the industry you’re interested in.
Take a break
Give yourself a break. Schedule time every week to stay active with the things you enjoy. I bet whatever is fun for you has nothing to do with your job search!
Set small achievable goals such as practicing your elevator pitch, reviewing your resume, or creating business cards. Use incentives and affirmations to keep yourself motivated.
Do more face-to-face or telephone networking versus only applying online. If you apply online, follow up within a day or two with human resources or the hiring manager to make sure the application has been received and to find out when decisions about interviews will be made.
Get organized. Block out time in your schedule to search for positions, tailor your cover letters, or follow up with your networking contacts.
Socialize with supportive friends. Allow them to encourage, motivate, and entertain you. If cost is an issue, invite them over to dinner instead of dining out, or watch a movie at home instead of going to the movie theater.
Develop your transferable skills
Faced a difficult interview? Not qualified enough? Not educated enough? Make time to hone the areas where you are lacking to stand out. Pursue opportunities for leadership and communication to be as versatile as possible.
Volunteer to keep your skills sharp, to give back to the community, and to feel more positive about yourself. An unpaid internship is a more formalized, career-focused kind of volunteering since it is doing work for free.