Job search burnout is something that everybody looking for a job has as experienced at some point.
There is no getting away from it, finding a job new job is stressful and is up there with getting married, moving house.
Not being able to find a job, let a lone a job that you really want can cause a number of health and social issues, including:
- Decrease is self-esteem
- Family strain
- Social isolation
There might be some that can fall in shit and come out smelling of roses, getting a job that they want straight away, but for the majority of us, this isn’t the case unfortunately.
Being in a job that doesn’t satisfy you is a waste of life and your talents. We spent around 90,000 hours at work, that’s 3,750 days. To put that into perspective, as a male your average life expectancy is 28,835 days and for female it is 30,292 days. It’s a sobering thought, but life really is short.
Changes in our job search
When I left college if you didn’t have a network that might have been able to get you into a job that you really wanted the only way of getting a job was either knocking on doors, utilising a recruitment consultant or waiting every Wednesday for our local evening paper to feature their latest jobs paper.
Nowadays jobs are advertised on online jobs boards and there’s fair few of them, some featuring every job imaginable and some specialising in certain niches.
I have mixed emotions about them.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Jobs boards
- Get to view a range of vacancies from a lot of employers at a distance that you are prepared to travel to and your salary expectations
- A quick application process
- They allow us to set up alerts so we can be notified when jobs are posted
- Some jobs boards continue to show vacancies, even if they have already been filled
- Most feature jobs from recruitment agencies. I have no problem with recruitment agencies, I’m just not a huge fan of the ATS (Applicant Tracking System) they use to decide whether someone is a suitable candidate for a role.
- No human interaction. They have seem to have taken away the idea that we still need to pick up the phone and speak to a hiring manager to ask whether they have vacancies.
So how can you overcome job search burnout?
Do it in chunks
Try and limit the time that you are spending each night looking at jobs. Maybe schedule half an hour or an hour and when you’re done call it a day.
Give yourself a break
Searching for a job everyday, sending in applications and not even getting an interview can be sole destroying. Try and only search on certain days
You might not be getting an interview as your expectations are unrealistic, filtering your results to wanting a job that pays executive salaries, 5 miles from home aren’t necessarily going to bring up a huge range of jobs and even if they do, are your qualifications in line with the job specification?
Prepare a strategy
Sending off your application is only one part of the job search process. If you aren’t having much success you might have to revamp your CV and cover letter, remembering that you might have to use industry specific keywords just so that the ATS sees you has an ideal candidate
There are a plenty of career blogs out there providing tips and tricks to get you noticed in a crowded marketplace, I’d recommend that you read them as part of your job search.
You might already know or know someone who knows someone in the field of work that you want to get into. Reach out to them and ask for their advice. They might say no but at least you’ve tried.
Be mindful of what you really want
Do you really want a new job, or are you not being paid what you think you’re worth? Take a step back and ask yourself why you are looking to get away from your current employer. Do you dislike the job, the employer or is is that you are just feeling stuck where you are?
Ask for feedback
Continuing to send applications off and not getting replies isn’t going to help you understand why you haven’t been shortlisted for a job. Follow up with the company or recruiter and ask for feedback. They might not want to give it to you, but they might also be able to offer you invaluable insights as how you could improve your chances in your search.
There are a number of other things that you are able to do to make sure that you are fresh in your search for a new job.
- Exercise – a healthy body is a healthy mind
- Use your network
- Be ready to retrain
- Understand that you might have to start at the bottom
- Look for a skill that is in demand and learn it
One last thing
Remember that life is short and you shouldn’t let your job search get in the way of living it. I’m guilty of letting the amount I make and the job I do define me but I’m working hard to overcome this and enjoy those around me and be grateful for what I already have.
Don’t let your job search consume your every hour and good luck with your job search.