5 Ways to Avoid Job Search Burnout
1. Diversify your approach. Because there are so many ways to find a job, keep things fresh by mixing up your tactics. For example, if you have been focusing on social media the past two weeks, it may be time to shift your attention to networking or volunteering. Ideally, you would have several approaches going on at once to avoid your search getting stale.
2. Maintain balance in your life. Looking for a job is critical, but you actually lower your chances of finding one if you make job hunting the sole focus of your life. Carve out time for family, fun, relaxation and exercise, just as you would if you had a job.
3. Set alerts to save time. Some job hunters go to the same long list of websites every day and spend hours performing the same searches. If you have been doing this, you save lots of time instantly when you set up alerts. Positions meeting the criteria you establish are emailed to you daily, and you need spend only ten minutes a day reviewing new openings. You can set alerts on job search sites, Google News and, often, on individual company sites.
4. Make a change. This tip is especially important if you have been searching for some time with no results or if your searches seem to end at the same place (for example, if you often get called in for first interviews but never for second). Find different answers to typical interview questions, ask past interviewers for feedback, send several versions of resumes and cover letters, and change your interview clothes.
5. Set smaller goals that are easier to measure. Instead of thinking only big picture, work on smaller-picture goals such as joining a professional association.
Also reduce burnout by partnering with a staffing agency. You gain valuable work experience and connections that may end up getting you full-time work.
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