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How to Handle Job Search Burnout

We get it—the job search can be exhausting. Sending dozens of resumes, multiple rounds of interviews, skills tests, and more. All to find out that they decided to go in another direction. It’s important to take care of yourself and try not to get discouraged. Here are some tips for when you’re experiencing job search burnout:

Take a break

It’s important to take a step back and give yourself a break from time to time. This can mean taking a few days off, or even a week or two, to recharge and refocus. You’ll be refreshed and ready to tackle the job search when you get back to it.

Reflect on your job search

Take some time to reflect on your job search and consider what changes you can make to improve your chances of finding a job. Is there a different industry you could explore? Is there someone in your network that you can reach out to? What skills do you have that could translate to another type of position?

Set realistic goals

Set realistic and achievable goals for your job search. This will help you stay focused and motivated. Don’t plan on sending out 30 resumes each day, when you may realistically only be able to send out two or three.

Prioritize self-care

Make sure you are taking care of yourself both physically and mentally. This can include things like exercise, healthy eating, and getting enough sleep.

Seek support

Reach out to a recruiter to assist you in your job search. Recruiters are a great resource and can connect you with many companies across many industries. They have access to hiring managers and can get your information in front of the right people.

Keep things in perspective

It’s important to keep things in perspective and remember that finding a job can take time. Don’t get discouraged when it’s not happening as quickly as you’d like.


Consider volunteering or taking on a pro-bono project. This can help you build skills, network, give you a sense of purpose and accomplishment, and may even open new career doors.

Consider your options

Take a step back and consider what you really want out of a job and what options are available to you. Should you double down, or switch tactics in your career search?

Learn new skills

Use this time to learn new skills or improve existing ones to make you a more competitive candidate.

Be kind to yourself

Be kind to yourself and remember that it’s normal to feel frustrated and discouraged during a job search. Job search burnout is normal, but keep your chin up and don’t give up hope.


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