How to Deal with Job Search Burnout

How to Deal with Job Search Burnout | Pirate Staffing

You might think about burnout as something that happens only when you’re in a difficult job. But searching for work can also lead to burnout, making you feel exhausted and miserable. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to ward off job search burnout before it takes hold.

How Can You Deal With Burnout While Job Searching?

Think Outside the Box

Is now really the time to hold out for your dream job? If you’re unemployed and running out of money or currently trapped in a job you hate, maybe it would be better to prioritize. Pick the things that are truly important to you in your next role, and let go of those that don’t really matter. Or take on a temporary position, which will help you build both your network and your skills while you continue to job hunt.

Ask for Support

Reach out to your family, friends, or even a mental health professional to talk about how you’re feeling. Once you work through your emotions, you may be able to see a career path that wasn’t immediately obvious. You might even get a tip from your support person that takes your job hunt in a whole new direction.

Take Care of Yourself

Your job hunt will suffer if you aren’t at your best, so resist the urge to keep pushing. Every day, take some downtime to do whatever makes you feel better. It could be a hot bubble bath, an hour of gaming, or lunch with a friend. Also, try some purposeful relaxation, such as yoga or tai chi.

Don’t forget about diet and exercise as well. It’s fine to indulge in your comfort foods but balance them with healthier options. And make sure to put in some physical activity every day. Hit the gym or, even better, go for a nature walk. Exercise releases endorphins that can help soothe your mood, while also making you more resilient and less likely to get sick.

Also, make sleep a priority. Working on your application late into the night is a recipe for job search burnout. Turn off your electronics, lower the temperature, and slip into bed. Sleep is restorative, readying your mind and body to face the next day. Midday naps are fine too, and can actually give you a new perspective on your job hunt.

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