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Overcoming Job Search Burnout: Tips and Strategies for Staying Motivated



When I finally quit my job, I felt like I could breath again. I had forgotten how fun life could be without this time suck that would drain me of all my energy that a 2 day weekend couldn’t counteract.


I was happy until I had to find a job again.


Turns out looking for a job is the WORST job.


I know I’m not alone in this. I had a friend look for work for a year straight and it seemed like no matter what she was doing; it was never enough.


Now that I’ve been on LinkedIn more regularly, I’m also seeing all the human stories affected by the layoffs and now instability in the banks.


Job searching can be an exciting opportunity to explore alternative career paths and find fulfilling employment. However, it can also be a long and challenging process that can take a toll on your mental health. From endless job applications to competing with other candidates, the search for a new job can feel overwhelming and stressful.


But it's important to prioritize your well-being during the job search process. By taking steps to prevent burnout and manage stress, you can maintain your mental health and increase your chances of success in finding the right job for you.


In this article, we'll explore strategies for preventing burnout while job hunting, including setting finite goals, balancing your tasks, taking effective breaks, and utilizing networking and professional development opportunities. We'll also address common questions and concerns related to job search burnout, such as why job searching is so stressful, how to overcome job search struggles, and whether it's okay to take a break from job hunting.


Understanding Job Search Burnout


Job search burnout can be defined as a state of emotional, physical, and mental exhaustion that results from prolonged and excessive stress related to job searching. Prolonged bouts of burnout can lead to a range