If you’re finding yourself disgruntled, discouraged, impatient, annoyed, or just plain tired of searching for a job, then it’s in your best interest to stop and clear your head before continuing. It’s almost impossible to move from a place of unease to somewhere productive. Good things come from happy places and negativity breeds nothing but more negativity. So, what do we do about job search fatigue?
10 Ways To Beat Job Search Fatigue
Job search fatigue is a very real problem that gives rise to all sorts of stress, but none will help the self-assured seeker get anywhere. Whether you’re networking, applying, interviewing or preparing in-between, any routine can get you down but the key is to ride out the negative vibes to a better place. Try these fatigue fighting outlets to help fend off discouragement before it puts you in a self-defeating cycle.
Revamp Your Portfolio
The next time you’re hard at work but finding yourself hard-pressed to get your bearings and find a starting point, consider revamping your portfolio. Whether it’s arranging or correlating new examples, rewording a covering letter, spicing up your graphic work, or brushing up on key skills, you’re sure to find yourself with more motivation once you’re done. Often, simply starting the revamp offers the kickstart needed to get going.
Attend An Event
Never underestimate the place and power of your peers. An extended job hunt far too often leaves the job seeker isolated. It’s important to remember to socialize in both a personal and work-related context. Connecting with like-minded individuals at an industry networking event will remind you of what gave you the initial motivation to start your career, while opening up avenues of opportunity that would not otherwise be there.
Find/Consult A Mentor
A mentor is vastly different from a respected elder, friend or family member. The objectivity goes a long way towards promoting accountability and passionate personal accountability is what it takes to win every job search. While it is not always possible to cultivate a professional relationship with an in-person mentor, it is healthy to find an authority to seek insight from. A mentor’s guidance grants perspective and foresight while helping clear your judgment from personal biases. Opportunity’s social networking offers an outlet for professionals to connect with others and discuss mentoring and mentorship without ever needing to meet face to face.
Reassess Your Application Strategy
Reviewing your job application approach and the strategies used to find work doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily looking for something wrong. Instead, you should be looking for areas of improvement and alternate ways to put yourself out there. Perhaps, a particular role is saturated in your market and you need to present your other skills or pitch towards a new type of company? You’ll never know until you look for gaps to bridge and opportunities to seize.
Disconnect And Take Time Off
Just because you are working, this doesn’t mean that you’re necessarily getting anywhere. If any form of discontentment sets and you just can’t shake it, then you need to distance yourself from the problem before you’ll be able to overcome it. Disconnecting means separating yourself physically and emotionally and that means you need to take a break. Stop and do something else. Most times, it’s a good idea to get outside for some fresh air. Once you’re feeling better, return to the job search refreshed and ready.
Organize/Reorganize Your Time
Tunnel vision clouds judgment faster than you’d think. Don’t get lost in the blur of doing things in an unstructured manner. Scattered in unproductive no matter how hard you feel like you are working. Even though each day may seem like it’s filled with activity from waking to the last minute, you’ll get far more out of your day with a schedule.
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Find A Community
Participation in a community and the acknowledgment that it brings is a great asset to your job search.
There are tons of places to find professionals from your field discussing everything from work to everyday topics. Whether you reach out in person or online, finding a community is a great way to help yourself stay motivated. Opportunity pair you to likeminded individuals, brands and companies in your field for pure professional or personal reasons. There’s no better way to guarantee that the person you’re talking to is something that suits your approach to work and life without needing to filter through countless near matches. The inspiration that comes from simply witnessing the discussions of others is at times enough to spur movement on your own path.
Reframe Your Thoughts/Patterns
Reframing your thoughts involves thinking about the exact same thing but imagining it in a rewarding or fulfilling way. This doesn’t mean lying to yourself or relying on creative fabrication to get by but instead isolating the truths about the things that matter and using them to put yourself in a positive space. Positive self-talk has been recognized as a science for years, and leveraged but countless sportsman to help them find the drive needed to push past limits. Think positive, actively. It will impact everything from motivation and passion to physical energy levels.
Set Attainable Goals
Self-fulfilment can be lacking when tied up in a lengthy job search. Assess your situation and create goals that you know you can meet, segmenting your vision up into realistic targets. If you don’t start small, letting yourself relish in the feeling of progress then motivation will soon be fleeting. Every step towards your goal is progress. Make sure that you’ve structured your journey to remind yourself of this.
Learn New Skill Or Hobby
The reward response that comes with relishing in the enjoyment of learning a new skill or hobby gives fueling satisfaction. After some me time doing something that makes you feel accomplished, you’ll approach the job search with all new vigor. The focus trained unhindered while learning a new hobby or skill transfers easily to any professional task, granting the mind a much-needed period of separation to realign.
Expand Your Search And Try Opportunity
If you have been trying everything at your disposal but simply aren’t getting results then you need to start looking in new places or carrying out your job search in a new frame of mind. If you haven’t already turned to a specialized platform to aid your search, then time is wasting away. Opportunity has built a professional network spanning over 5,000,000 professionals across every field. There’s no faster way to put yourself out there and in front of the eyes that matter. Create a free profile today and connect with hiring managers and recruiters actively seeking candidates that are a perfect pairing to your individual skills and experience.