Job Search Fatigue? 4 Ways to Jolt Yourself into a Job

Tired of job hunting? I don’t blame you. The job search can be long, tough, and quite stressful, which can cause your motivation to fly out the window. If only there were some kind of magical coffee bean that could jolt it back and provide a new perspective to get you out of that rut you’ve found yourself in.

I’m sorry to say that, like unobtainium, this bean doesn’t really exist. However, there are a few techniques you can adopt to bring some energy back into your job search:

Take a break. It sounds counter-intuitive, but sometimes you just need to take a breather from your job search. Take an hour, a day or even a weekend off in order to relax and recharge. Don’t think about your job search at all and you’ll come back with a new perspective.

Be the interviewer. If you’re looking for a job, you’re probably used to being the interviewee, but it might be time to be the interviewer. How can you do that? It’s simple. Conduct an informational interview with a prospective employer, mentor, or one of your colleagues in the industry. Ask them for career advice and tips. There’s always something in your search that could use improvement, and they might help guide you in the right direction.

Time test yourself. Think about jogging and sprinting. Jogging gets the job done, but it takes a whole lot longer than sprinting. In your job search, you’re probably jogging through applications, resumes, and cover letters. For the next cover letter or application you’re completing, give yourself only five minutes. You won’t feel it drag on and you’ll learn how important prioritization is when you’re in a rush.

Find your inspiration. Why are you looking for a job in the first place? What made you choose this industry? Who inspires you? How can you integrate your interests and hobbies into your career? If you’re looking for inspiration or motivation, read a book about your field (or job searching in general) or talk to someone new in the industry.

What do you think? How else can a job seeker jolt themselves out of job search fatigue? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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