Published on: April 15, 2021
Ever since worldwide lockdowns began around this time last year, more people than ever have been trying – or rather, struggling – to find gainful employment. The situation certainly seems bleak; as of February 2021, there are over 9 million fewer jobs available than there were in the previous year.
This statistic explains why so many of us are facing burnout in our job searches.
However, there's always hope. With more new jobs cropping up every day and with the end of the pandemic crisis starting to swim into view, there's a way out of the seemingly endless slog of job searching.
The most important thing to do now is to make sure you keep that job search burnout at bay so that when that perfect job opportunity finally shows itself, you're ready. This article will therefore cover the best ways you can avoid job search burnout.
Plan your day
Whether you're currently employed and looking for a new role or unemployed and seeking a great career opportunity, you must plan your day carefully. After all, being productive is less about spending a lot of time on something and more about maximizing the value of your time.
Job searching is in itself work. Your job searching process will only benefit from being treated as such!
Your work productivity will increase if you take the time to set particular slots aside specifically for job searching. That way, you'll spend every minute of that specific time slot productively searching for and applying for positions.
For example, if you're unemployed, there's an obvious desire to spend the entire day scouring the net for work on top of your other tasks. This doesn't actually benefit you in the end though. Instead, consider slotting in a dedicated period of job searching, during which you focus entirely and perform to the best of your ability. This should help fight against burnout and ensure that each application you make retains its quality.
Alternatively, if you're on a flexible work schedule, you might have irregular hours. That means you may need to plan your job hunting slot to land at a different time each day. It's still helpful to take the time to do this so that you're never discouraged when your work runs through your usual job-searching times.
Sometimes, searching for a new job can feel isolating, like you're in this alone. That can lead to feeling burned out, which is why it can be really helpful to turn to digital tools that will support you in your journey.
For example, having a virtual agent to help you sort through all the job listings on a given website can be a huge asset. It'll keep you from slogging through titles and roles that don't suit you or for which you aren't qualified and enable you to find the kinds of roles in which you'll shine.
Networking tools like teleconference software can also be hugely helpful. If you attend virtual conferences in the field you'd like to work in, you're likely to have chances to meet like-minded individuals – who can often also pass along information about job opportunities in their company.
Your own approach
All the tools in the world can only help you find the right job if you're searching in the correct places. Or, rather, it's very important to make sure you're looking at the right jobs for you.
Have you considered, for example, whether the field you're looking at is the one you actually want to be working in? You might have spent a long time searching for jobs in marketing without ever considering whether maybe working in eCommerce would suit you better. Or maybe you were intimidated by the idea of being a project manager, so you stayed away from those kinds of opportunities when really what you needed was helpful project management software.
That's why it's so important to check and double-check that your approach is the best that it can be. If it isn't tailored to your current needs, then the first thing you should do is adjust it so that it is!
When your approach aligns with your ambitions, wants, and needs, you'll be slower to burn out. That's because every opportunity will seem more exciting and less frustrating to think about.
Keeping your spirits high
In the end, burnout happens because we push ourselves too hard. It's different for everyone – maybe you struggle with having enough patience to wait for the right opportunities, or perhaps frustration is getting the best of you after being ghosted post-job interview one too many times.
Either way, as cheesy as it seems, the trick is to keep your spirits up. Take enough breaks, plan your time carefully, and use the tools at your disposal wisely. But ultimately, the most important thing is to remember where you're going and why. That should be the thing driving you to keep sending out those applications.
And if the idea of a new job isn't giving you the drive you wish it did, then it might be time to either step away from the job search for a few days or to re-evaluate your approach. A new job is worth it only as long as it enriches and improves your quality of life.