Lotte van Rijswijk

Lotte van Rijswijk

How to manage your job search fatigue

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How to manage your job search fatigue

Artwork by: Alexandra Shevchenko

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Searching for work can be exhausting. A lot of physical and emotional energy goes into the process - from sending out resumes to preparing for interviews to working the networking game. Putting in this much effort and not always getting great results can negatively impact a job seeker’s physical and mental health.

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:

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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.

Lotte van Rijswijk

Lotte van Rijswijk

An ambitious Content Team Lead working with Career.io since 2022, Lotte collaborates with all members of the team from writers to illustrators to ensure high-quality content across platforms. Always interested in finding new trends and topics to help improve offerings, she also oversees other team members and works to support them wherever possible.