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Avoiding Burnout From Your Job Search

Recently, I was interview coaching an otherwise very qualified and hardworking jobseeker.† Her vibe was frustrated, closed and all around unpleasant.† Essentially, she was a perfect example of the burned out jobseeker.† When youíre burned out from your job search, your interview responses get defensive.† You come across as an energy drain when you network.† You dismiss leads prematurely because you assume the worst.† Here are some ways to combat burnout before it derails your job search.

Recently, I was interview coaching an otherwise very qualified and hardworking jobseeker.† Her vibe was frustrated, closed and all around unpleasant.† Essentially, she was a perfect example of the burned out jobseeker.† When youíre burned out from your job search, your interview responses get defensive.† You come across as an energy drain when you network.† You dismiss leads prematurely because you assume the worst.† Here are some ways to combat burnout before it derails your job search:

Schedule weekly breaks from your search.† Many jobseekers I see start their search with a flurry of work and then go cold.† Then they restart, only to stop again.† Regular, systematic action is the best pace for your search, so schedule regular, systematic breaks as well.† Maybe a Wednesday afternoon at a museum, or an evening class unrelated to your search.† An added bonus is that these extra-curriculars are great examples of being well-rounded and interesting outside your professional work.

Pick an optimistic job search buddy.† Working with someone is a great way to stay motivated and have built-in accountability.† But beware that get-togethers donít devolve into pity parties.† Itís okay to be candid if youíre feeling down but you have to move on, so pick a partner who will help you do that.

Celebrate wins big and small.† Keep a tab of the things that are going well with your search Ė the new people youíve met, the old friends youíve reconnected with, those meetings where both parties hit it off.† You should be constantly reviewing your search anyway to find the things that work for you that you can repeat and also to troubleshoot areas to fix.† But donít forget to celebrate the things that are working also to remind yourself that, yes, you can do thisArticle Search, and itís just a matter of time.

We all have been to parties with the guest that just sucks the fun out of anyone they meet.† You donít want to be that person.† Refresh as needed.† Hang out with positive people.† Encourage yourself with real evidence from past wins.† Avoid job search burnout at all costs.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Caroline Ceniza-Levine helps people find fulfilling and financially-rewarding career paths, as the co-founder of SixFigureStartģ, career coaching by former Fortune 500 recruiters. Caroline has recruited for leading companies in financial services, consulting, media, pharmaceutical/ healthcare, and technology. She is the co-author (along with Donald Trump, Jack Canfield and others) of the best-selling ďHow the Fierce Handle Fear: Secrets to Succeeding in Challenging TimesĒ 2010; Two Harbors Press.



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