How to Overcome Job Search Burnout

There are thousands of articles online discussing employee burnout during the pandemic. The average American is working longer hours, and the lines between work and home are getting blurry. Although many people are feeling the pain of working from home, not enough people are talking about job search burnout. As of the February 2021 Jobs Report, there are still over 10 million unemployed persons due to the coronavirus outbreak. If you are feeling overwhelmed and anxious, here are three ways to overcome job search burnout.

Create a realistic routine or schedule

Many people make the mistake of treating a job search like a full-time job. You wake up, spend all day searching the web and connecting with people online, and rarely give yourself a break. Avoiding this strategy is the easiest way to overcome job search burnout. Instead of staring at your computer all day, create job search alerts on your go-to job boards. Many job search sites (like JSG’s Talent Network) allow you to create notifications when a new job matches your skills and career goals. Say goodbye to strained eyes and hello to a refreshed optimism for your job search!

Creating a routine or schedule is good, but don’t let it turn into a 9 to 5 job. You want to give your best self to your job search to have more success, and ultimately, secure a new job opportunity.

Be more selective

It’s true what they say – less is more. If you want to avoid job search burnout, you must be more selective with your applications. If you are sitting there and applying for every single job that you stumble upon, you are setting yourself up for failure. Before applying for any job, you should carefully review the job description, visit the company website, and spend some time to see if this position and company is a good fit for you. If you use the “spray and pray” method, you will not receive very many interview requests. It’s better to focus your efforts on applying for jobs that better fit your professional experiences.

Also, if you are more selective with your search, you will have more time to tailor your resume. If you fail to customize your resume for every application, your resume will get caught up in an ATS, and a hiring manager may never see your resume. Tailoring your resume will make you stand out to hiring managers, beat the resume bots, and improve your response rate.

Expand your job search

The last way you can mitigate job search burnout is to expand your search. Job seekers often get stuck in the cycle of searching for new opportunities in the same field or industry. However, this may be a bad strategy as some sectors are performing better than others as we edge closer to the end of the pandemic. If the virus impacted your current industry particularly hard, you may want to expand your search to another field. You can take your experiences and transferrable skills you have worked so hard to hone and enter a new career path. According to LinkedIn’s latest Workforce Confidence index, women are much more likely to switch industries or functions. 82% of unemployed women are willing to pivot their careers and go into another field of work, while 58% are also willing to start their own line of work.

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These are three new strategies you can implement today to overcome job search burnout. If you are looking for more job search resources, visit our Candidate Resources for tips, tricks, and strategies to elevate your search.

How To Combat Work From Home Burnout

This month marks one year from when the pandemic transformed every facet of our work and home lives. Many of you have now been working from home for 12 months with no end in sight. It’s very likely you’re experiencing “work from home burnout.” Being cooped up in one building for all of your personal and work time can start to wear on you. Symptoms of burnout include lack of energy or exhaustion, increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s career, and reduced professional efficacy. Sound familiar? If so, here are three ways you can combat work from home burnout and get back on track!

Take A Day (Or Two) Off

Even if you have nowhere to go, use up those vacation days! Plan a fun day away from your laptop and zoom meetings, whether you escape to an Airbnb or just a different room of your house. Just because vacations are looking a bit different these days doesn’t mean they aren’t good for our mental health!

Get Outside

Now that it’s March, we’re getting subtle hints of good weather. There’s no better time to make a commitment to yourself to get outside at least once a day. We recommend even going as far as blocking time off on your calendar to ensure you stick to this one. Take 10 minutes to walk around the block, clean up the yard, or start work on a garden. Engaging in physical activity and soaking up some vitamin D will do wonders for your productivity and attitude!

Block Off Time For “Passion Projects”

We all have day-to-day tasks that are mundane and uninspiring. Instead of letting these responsibilities drive your workday, schedule some time for your “passion projects.” We love to kick off the day with these motivating ventures, so block off an hour first thing in the morning. This will get you excited to start each day, and you’ll feel productive right off the bat.

Overall, the best thing you can do to avoid work from home burnout is to listen to your intuition. Take breaks when you need them, make time for things that excite you, and communicate with your supervisor and peers. And don’t just stop here; for more workplace advice, check out our blog!

How to Avoid Work from Home Burnout this Year

Many of you have been working from home for nearly a year. The days can start to get fuzzy, and your workday and personal life quickly begin to blend. Some of you may even be working from home permanently because of the pandemic, causing workers to balance their daily work duties and personal responsibilities simultaneously. As a result, people are on the edge of burnout. If you are in this position or nearing it, there are a few simple things you can do to take back control and mitigate these anxious feelings. Here are five things you can do to avoid work from home burnout this year.

Identify what is making you feel overwhelmed

First of all, it is essential to identify what is making you feel overwhelmed while working from home. Is it the never-ending emails? Or is it the persistent feeling to always be available? Whatever is causing your burnout, address the issue head-on, and work towards a solution. If the cause of this feeling is more significant, have a one-on-one meeting with your manager to resolve it.

Schedule “quiet hours”

Scheduling “quiet hours” is a great way to focus on essential tasks for an hour or to take an uninterrupted lunch break. If Microsft Teams notifications or emails are distracting you, snooze your notifications for a bit to complete an important deadline or task. You can also set up these quiet hours when you log off for the day to prevent you from feeling the need always to be connected to work. It only takes a few moments to set up these quiet hours, and you can even schedule them to turn on daily to help avoid work from home burnout.

Create a dedicated workspace

Creating a dedicated workspace helps working from home feel more like work. It forms a boundary between your home and personal life from your work. Not everyone is lucky enough to have a home office to work out of, but it will help create that work-from-home division if you have a dedicated workstation. Whether it’s your dining room table, a tv tray, or a card table in your living room, keep your work there and avoid venturing to other areas of your home. If you aimlessly work throughout your home, you will struggle to fight the feeling of always being at work. If you can set up a dedicated workspace, it will help you avoid feeling burnt out.

Treat your day like any other workday

When working remotely, it is crucial to treat your workday like any other day. Take a few short breaks throughout the day, take a lunch break, or take a few minutes to step away from your desk. If there is a routine you do while working on-site, try to mimic that at home. If you take a 30-minute lunch break at the office, do so at home. Step away from your computer for that time, eat some lunch, go for a walk, or whatever it is you do on your break. If you treat your WFH day like a typical workday, it will help you fight the feeling of burnout.

Take that much-needed time off

Finally, to mitigate the feeling of work from home burnout, take that much-needed time off. It may not be as tempting with a lack of places to spend your vacation time, but it is essential to step away from work. Taking time off from work will improve your mental health, help improve your work satisfaction, and help you feel rejuvenated and more productive when you return. There is nothing wrong with taking a stay-cation to enjoy a break from work!

These are just five ways you can avoid the feeling of burnout when working from home. If you are still feeling overworked or unhappy with your current career, it may be time to move on. If you are in this position, check out our job board. Your next career opportunity awaits!