We’ve all been there: slogging through job listings, painfully updating resumes, writing cover letter after cover letter. Maybe we all dread job searching simply because it’s boring. But that’s okay. Part of being an adult is dealing with un-fun things and job searching happens to be one of those. But don’t throw in the towel just yet—there’s hope to make this process better, even if it’s just a little bit better.
Here 4 effortless ways to avoid job search exhaustion:
1. Set a daily time limit
Do NOT spend all day job searching. You will burn out faster than a one-inch candle wick. Instead, allocate a specific amount of time to the job hunt and stick to it. For example, spend three hours every day, or 2 hours every Sunday. Be as productive and efficient as you possibly can within your allotted time frame. Then, at the end of your time, you’ve done your work for the day and are now free to watch as many kitten GIFs as you’d like without worrying about how you should be doing something else. Job searching is the product of weeks of dedication, not one big binge session. And best of all, when you break a big, daunting task into a bunch of smaller tasks, it miraculously becomes a whole lot less daunting.
2. Treat Yourself
Take a cue from Aziz Ansari (NOTE: If you don’t know, watch now!), when you’ve completed your job searching for the day (or week, or whatever schedule you’ve set), reward yourself. When there’s light at the end of the tunnel, you’ll make it through to the other side in better shape. Think about how good a run in the park will feel after you close your laptop. End your evening by going to the movies, even if it’s a weekday. You’ll stay motivated to submit that last resume if you have something to look forward to.
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3. Network the way YOU want to
A schedule full of coffee dates and informational interviews can make even the most extroverted of people want to sign up for a silent retreat. So, how can you make this exhausting process a little more energizing? Network the way you want to. Do you have a favorite juice bar? Go there instead of a jam-packed Starbucks. Haven’t been to your local wine bar in a while? Share a glass of wine with someone there. If you’re sending emails, make them interesting! Write something that makes you smile or that you think will make the other person smile. Infuse a bit of soul into a seemingly soul-sucking process.
4. Find daily inspiration
If that means typing “inspiring quotes” into Google, by all means, do that. Find ways to remind yourself to keep plugging away, no matter what. Watch a TEDTalk, read an uplifting article, email a friend and ask for advice. It’s amazing how different things can feel when you shift your perspective, especially when it’s toward the positive.