Overcoming Job Search Burnout

You apply for job after job and hardly ever hear back. When you do get an interview, something seems off. Maybe your interviewer doesn’t actually seem interested in you as a candidate, or you realize your resume isn’t what the company is looking for. No matter what it is, all the rejection is starting to get to you. You’re getting burnt out from the job search.

Rejection makes it tough to stay motivated.  But there are a few things to keep in mind to make things easier.

  1. You are More Than a Job

The first thing to remember is that you are a human being worthy of respect. A job isn’t a measure of you or your life’s value. A paycheck is necessary to pay your bills, yes, but not getting a job doesn’t mean you are worthless as a person, a family member, or a friend. There can be countless reasons you don’t get a job, but none of them are that you aren’t worthy of happiness.

  1. Take a Break

When you spend every waking moment on the job search, each rejection can hit that much harder. Try to take a few days off from the job search. Find something to help take your mind off of it, like working out, playing video games, or reconnecting with old friends. It might sound silly, but a hobby, something unrelated to the job search, can really keep you going when things get rough.

  1. Ask Friends and Family

There’s nothing wrong with asking for help, especially when it comes to the job search. Remember, you’re not a failure; finding a job is just hard! Asking friends and family if they know of any job openings is completely normal. No one is going to think less of you for it.

  1. Contact a Staffing Company

No one will think less of you for signing with a staffing company like Express Employment Professionals either. Express never charges a fee because they just want to help good people find good jobs. While you’re job searching they’ll be on the lookout for opportunities as well, effectively doubling your job search power.

If you have any questions about jobs in your area or the job search in general, contact your local Express office, download the ExpressJobs app from your mobile store, or fill out our online contact form.

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