The longer a job search goes on, the more likely fatigue is to set in. But unfortunately, the reverse is also true: Getting burnt out and frustrated is also likely to extend your search.
It’s common to need to take a break from looking for work. No one can keep doing this forever. But when that fatigue lasts a week, several weeks, or a month, then you’re spiraling. The longer the fatigue spiral goes, the harder it is to pull out of it.
When you’re feeling a bad case of “what’s the point” - here are some tips and ideas to help you fight the fatigue and get back on track:
Ask for Help - and Look for Feedback
For many job-seekers, there’s an instinct to self-isolate until you land employment again. Some people may feel some sense of stigma, stress and shame in being out of work. (See below - “Don’t Make It Personal”)
If you feel like you’ve stopped making progress, it’s time to take a step back and look at what you’re doing wrong - and right. Career coaches are there to help you, but other professionals you trust, like former bosses or colleagues, can be useful as well.