How to Beat Jobseeker Fatigue
Trying to find a new job in early years, or any sector, can be an arduous task. Repeatedly inputting your experience, information and why you want a new role shouldn’t be so difficult but, after what feels like your hundredth application, the idea of typing out your name and work history one more time can threaten to tip you over the edge.
However, the need to find a new role doesn’t go away, even when your motivation for applying does. So how do you beat jobseeker fatigue and persist until you find your next practitioner role?
To start with, check what types of roles you’re searching or applying for. If the jobs available aren’t exciting you, you’re less likely to be enthused about applying. Writing cover letters can be difficult, and only made more so if you’re trying to sound like you want a job you actually aren’t interested in. It might help to make a list of what you’re actually looking for in a role and only applying to settings that offer what you want. Obviously, everyone’s situation is different and if you’re desperately in need of a job then you may have to apply for ones that don’t appeal so much. If you do have more flexibility, however, taking the time to be more specific in your job search may help.
As hard as it may be, try not to let the strain of your job search come across in your applications. If you sound tired and beaten down in your cover letters or phone calls, it most likely will mean you’re not seen as a good candidate for the job. This could lead into a vicious circle of job applications tiring you out and leading to more applications!
As counter intuitive as it may seem, remember to take breaks. If you’re spending all your spare time job hunting, especially after a full day of work, you’re going to burn out faster. Assign a few days or a week where you don’t even think about applications and make sure to get away from the computer. Just giving yourself a bit of space away from the monotony will help you relax more and come back to your job search more motivated and refreshed.
Organisation can also help avoid job search fatigue. With job sites so accessible and easy to navigate, it can be easy to quickly apply to a few roles and then, next time you search, forget which ones you’ve already looked at. Simply bookmarking or making a list of jobs you’ve already applied for will reduce the time spent, and possibly wasted, checking if you have already applied for a role.
Finally, don’t be too hard on yourself. If you’re receiving a lot of rejections, or not even getting through to interview stage at all, it’s easy to start to feel like you’re not good enough. Remember that there are so many people looking for practitioner roles and there may be multiple reasons, usually outside of your control, that are preventing you from being successful in your applications.
If you’re putting the legwork in, it will pay off; it might just take longer than you’d like. So, look after yourself, take breaks, stay positive and keep those applications coming!