This isn’t big news or anything, but the job search isn’t fun. It’s a slog of endless applications, cover letters, and interviews that might end up going nowhere. When you’re feeling down it can be super tempting to log into Netflix and stream something mindless. Which is totally okay! Yup, you heard it here first: the Job Journey job experts are okay with the occasional Netflix binge.
Think of it like this: the more you search for a job, the more tired you get right? You might start out bright-eyed and bushy-tailed, but your energy fades over time. So, your 50th job application probably won’t be as stellar as your first. Taking a well-deserved break can lift your spirits and ensure you go back to the job search refreshed.
Here are a few ways to avoid that pesky job search burnout.
- Use Your Skills in Other Ways
If you’re looking for a job but don’t have a ton of experience in that area, take a break from applying online to see what you can do to boost your resume. If you’re looking for a writing or marketing position for example, look for places you can get published. You can volunteer for non-profits or start your own blog. Volunteer Match is a great organization that matches talented folks with local non-profits in need of volunteers in a variety of industries.
- Take Scheduled Breaks
Like we said, it’s okay to take a break. You don’t have to bulldoze through 100 applications in a row; that’ll just result in subpar applications. But do make sure to limit your breaks to 30 minutes or so as a reward for filling out a few applications. That way you don’t end up binging all eight seasons of Game of Thrones, making cupcakes for two hours, or talking to your pal on the phone for half the day.
- Contact a Staffing Company
Staffing companies do a ton of the job search work for you. They have established relationships with companies in your area and can get you considered for jobs that may not even be posted on job boards. While some of the positions may not be your dream job, they can get you in the door with a great company. And after that, you might be able to get hired on fulltime or have an opportunity to move into a different position you do enjoy.
If that sounds like something you’re interested, in check out Express Employment Professionals. They employed more than 552,000 people in 2019 with more than 80,000 clients across North America. You can apply online, call your local office, or download the ExpressJobs app on the Apple App Store or Google Play.