When Job Searching Starts to Take a Toll

It’s the end of 2017 and we’re honestly ready to walk into next year with our goals in one hand and serious motivation in the other! It’s been a pretty amazing year so far for us, starting Elarie Consulting, helping our clients achieve their wildest career dreams, and starting new programs that will help us continue to give back. 

But even with all of that positivity and hustle, there are still days where we to get frustrated and discouraged. Similar to you job seekers, the hustle can be seriously hard. Progress isn’t always overnight and it’s hard to sometimes not to take things personally.

Does this sound like your current job search experience?

Honestly, we get it. 

But things CAN and WILL get better!

We recently met with one of our clients during a career consultation session, and Kayla looked at her towards the end and said, “The grass over here, doing what I love, is so much greener. Stay focused, you’ll get there.”

That phrase has been sticking with me for weeks - because I don’t know where I’d be without her daily positivity - and it's the truth. The grass is getting greener, folks. You’re getting closer. Your goals are right across that finish line. You’re almost there!

But setbacks happen, and maybe you’re experiencing one right now. If you need to find some new ways to help clear your mind and get back on that job hunt track, we have a few suggestions!

Create a Daily Routine

Job searching can be overwhelming for the simple fact that FOMO (fear of missing out). Opportunities are popping up constantly, and it’s easy to think that if you don’t hustle on something RIGHT NOW that it’s going to slip past your fingers and you’re never going to get another chance. 

The reality is that hiring managers are not posting jobs and then sitting at there computer just waiting for your application to show up. They too need some time to process and think through this experience, so it’s okay to take a breath.

Instead of feeling like you need to be applying all the time, carve out distinct time in your day to dedicate to job hunting. Maybe it’s before you head off to your current job, on your lunch break, or in the evenings. This will allow you to compartmentalize your job searching tactics and not allow all of the frustrating feelings that go along with it come spilling out into your day to day life.

Shut down from Social Media

When you’re having a tough time, it can be even more difficult to see other people succeeding during your struggles. I know personally, I love seeing my friends and family succeed, but I do take things personally when I’m frustrated in my own life. Social media has a way of making us feel inadequate and just not quite good enough, at times. Consider deleting some of your social media apps from your phone for a period of time. If they’re not important to your job search, this will help you stay more focused on what your goals actually are.

I’ve put this into practice in the past, and honestly, the break was great. Social media can be a huge time waster when you’re trying to stay focused and looking for jobs. One minute you’re scrolling on Facebook, and the next it’s been 3 hours and you’ve literally looked at every picture of your Aunt’s friend’s grandchildren. Turn them off, shut it down, and stay on track!

Look for Candid Advice

If you truly feel that you’re putting your best foot forward in your job search, and still coming up short, it’s time to reach out for some advice. We offer free resume reviews to any resumes that make our way to our inbox. All we ask is you send us your resume, what type of job or career field you are going into, and a subject line of “Free Resume Review.” We’ll take the time to thoroughly look through all of your experience and qualifications, tell you what’s working well on your resume, and what could be improved.

While we do offer a wide variety of affordable resources that will definitely help you with your career search, it doesn’t hurt to reach out to other people in your life for some candid advice. If you know someone in your desired job position or career field, see if they can offer some advice on how to best tackle your job search and put their advice into practice. 

Change your Job Search Practice

We received an email from someone one time that said, “I’ve applied to over 600 jobs and have only heard back from about 4, but I don’t think my resume has anything to do with that.” 

If you keep applying to jobs [like, a lot of jobs] and are coming up short nearly every time, stop what you’re doing. Something isn’t working. Maybe it isn’t your resume - maybe it’s your cover letter. Maybe it’s your whole approach! Regardless, if what you’re doing isn’t working, then it’s just wasting your time.

We suggest looking at what you’re doing and switching to the opposite technique. If you’ve been solely applying for jobs on job boards, try personalizing your applications more by reaching out on LinkedIn. If you’re spending a lot of time networking and it’s not working, try getting even more specific and find recruiters who are involved directly in your field. 

When you’re looking for a job and can’t seem to get a response back, it’s incredibly easy to feel that you’re going to be stuck in this position forever. But it’s just not true. You will find a job, it will get better, and it’s incredibly important to remind yourself with that mantra every day. Hardships will come, but they will also go. Remind yourself that the end is near, and that extra energy you were looking to find a meaningful job will keep you going strong!

What are your biggest frustrations with looking for a job? Tell us in the comments below!