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 you’re 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.