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Four steps to managing job search burnout

Category: Tips and Advice

Four steps to managing job search burnout It isn't uncommon for people to "hit the wall" in their job search. After all, job hunting takes up a lot of time and can require prolonged commitment. So, if you're suffering from job search burnout, avoid trying to push through it, and instead, identify the root cause and work to address it. Whether that's by taking a break altogether or adding some more non-job search-related activities into your routine. By taking the time to properly manage burnout, you equip yourself with the tools to maintain motivation and regain momentum in your job search.

Here are four insights into job search to help you manage burnout:

1. It will take longer than you think The average job seeker will take anywhere from 3 to 9 months to land a job. And when somebody who has secured a role is asked what they'd do differently if they'd known just how long their job search would be, nearly all say to spend more time doing activities that provide happiness. So, if you're struggling to land a role and are beginning to feel disheartened, try doing something you enjoy for a while and remember, it's perfectly normal for your job search to take some time.

2. Stepping away can really help Take a break. Whether it's taking a long walk, a job search free weekend, or a trip away with loved ones. Taking a step back can really help you feel refreshed and regain the energy needed to approach your job search further down the line. Remember, if you were in a job, you wouldn't ignore signs of fatigue and burnout - you'd take some time off. And your job search shouldn't be treated any differently. Looking after yourself is the first step to achieving success.

3. Maintain self-care Getting sufficient sleep, exercise and maintaining a healthy diet are crucial to your wellbeing - but you shouldn't stop there. Relaxation is also key, and can help you manage stress. So consider adding some activities into your schedule that provide you with peace and satisfaction. Try re-engaging with previously neglected hobbies or simply spending some time with family and friends - whatever brings you happiness.

4. Talk to others Utilise friends and family to gain some perspective on the situation and enable them to support you. You’re not alone on your journey, and it’s important to remain connected to those who matter most. Also, remember to keep building connections to expand your research, and don’t forget the wealth of knowledge and guidance available within the Service leaver network too.

While the CTP will do all we can to ensure your transition into civilian employment is as smooth as possible, it’s important that you manage your wellbeing. If you feel like your job search is becoming challenging, always get in touch with your CTP Career Consultant who will be there to offer support and advice.