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Do You Have Job Search Burnout?

Job Search Burnout, New Year New Job, Using Job Boards Effectively

Today the blog features a guest post by @LisaRangel of Chameleon Resumes.

Despite it being a new year, many job seekers have been looking for a job already…in some cases, conducting that job search for a while and are burned out.

While some job seekers have new inspiration to start a search, I know some of you may be tired and burned out on your search and need a renewed source of perspective. Well, you have come to the right place.

When you are burnt out on your job search, you may need a mental break. Rest to rejuvenate is crucial, but what I think can be equally as effective is to give a good, hard look at the job search activities that you have been doing. Are you setting yourself up for disappointment and job search burnout? Ask yourself these questions: 

(1) Have you submitted to more than 10 – 20 online job postings per week? 

If yes, then you may be spending too much time on job boards and not enough time engaging actual people. You should not be spending more than 10% of your job search time on job boards. Set up Google Alerts and job alerts within notable job boards to have applicable jobs emailed to you and stop wasting time mining for jobs on the boards. Learn 5 Ways To Use Job Boards More Effectively that you should be doing now.

(2) Of the job applications you applied to online, for how many did you find someone at the company and reach out directly to connect about your application?

If the answer is less than 50%, you are depending on the computer/database gods to get you an interview, when you need to be talking to people. You need human discussion (phone and email) and contact (in person meetings) throughout this process to stay energized and get hired. “A computer hired me,” said no one ever.

(3) How many people, actual people, are you talking to (via email, phone and in person) regarding your job search in a positive, specific way?

I suggest keeping a log of how many conversations you are having with people. If it is less than 10-15 people per week, you need to step it up. Again, people hire people–so talk to people. Computers do not hire people, so do not spend time submitting to electronic job applications for most of your time. To optimize your job search networking, read: Job Search Networking Return to Neverland

(4) Do you ask your friends/family/professional contacts to “keep an eye out for job opportunities for you”? Do you say the job-killing-phrase, “I’m open to anything?”

If this is exactly how you ask them, I ask you: Do they know what you do, really? Do they know specifically what you want? It is much better to say, “I am looking for an accounting manager position with a mid-sized company in manufacturing” or “I am seeking a customer service position with a technology firm” than say “Hey, let me know if you hear of any job openings” — Specific is so much better than general each and every time! Specific also breeds confidence.  For more on this, check out this article: “3 Ways to Help People Help You”

(5) Are you speaking to the right people in your industry to get to the right job leads?

How many new contacts are you adding to your contacts list each week–or are you circling back to the same 50 – 200 people each month? Add new people by attending industry and profession-related networking events, alumni get-togethers, former co-worker get-togethers and events in your community. Be sure your business card markets you in a memorable way and check out, Great Networking Business Card Examples.

Generally speaking, if you are not speaking to people about your job search, not speaking in specifics to people about your job search and/or not speaking to the right people, you could be spinning your wheels a bit, which will contribute to your burn out. It is important to rest and have fun to recharge…but it is also important to do the right activities suggested above to help support your success and preserve your mindset. Good luck!!

Lisa Rangel, the Managing Director of Chameleon Resumes, is a Moderator for LinkedIn’s Premium Job Seeker Group, a former search firm recruiter, Certified Professional Resume Writer and holder of six additional job search certifications. As a former recruitment professional for over 13 years, Lisa knows first-hand what resumes receive a response and land interviews from reviewing thousands of resumes to identify talent for premier organizations. She has been featured on LinkedIn, Monster, US News & World Report, Fox Business News and Good Morning America. Lisa is the Career Services Partner for eCornell, the online division for Cornell University. She has authored three books, including 99 Free Job Search Tips From An Executive Recruiter (http://chameleonresumes.com/99-free-job-search-tips/)..

Follow Lisa on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/chameleonresumes, on Twitter at @lisarangel or on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/in/lisarangel

Lisa Rangel – who has written posts on Tim's Strategy®.

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  • EveryJobsite

    Completely agree that folks can seem to get lost in the process and focus on the number of applications they fire off. Some great tips to share with job seekers particularly the longer term unemployed.

  • http://www.chameleonresumes.com/ Lisa Rangel

    Glad to see that you agree! The quality of the connections is so much more important than the quantity.

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  • Guest

    I’ve definitely experienced burnout in the past. I ended up starting a business & it’s interested to note that these same tips are applicable to business owners. I know too many people who think just posting in social media will get them business. It comes down to networking — in person. This is a great article & I know many people will benefit from Lisa’s tips.

  • http://www.chameleonresumes.com/ Lisa Rangel

    thanks “Guest” for your comments. You are so right!! This applies to business owners, as well. You make a great point of asking oneself what is all this activity leading to…Stay tuned and see my next Tim’s Strategy Blog post that will come out tomorrow…It is about how all this activity comes down to one metric…having conversations :) Nice to see we are on the same page…Best wishes to you and the growth of your new business!

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  • jack jefferton

    Lisa’s article here is dated and old school. Once upon a time HR and hiring managers were available to speak with about positions but these days there is an iron curtain around them. I have been looking for a job for a year now and have only been able to speak with one HR person regarding a job and that conversation was via email. All of my phone calls get directed into some VM box and never get returned. Sames goes with emails. Personal visits to a company is always greeted by the receptionist at the front desk who is under strict orders to not allow any one to speak with HR or a hiring manager. Last week I was told that the position was farmed out to a recruiting firm and you can forget about getting a call back from a recruiter. I have lost respect for recruiters this past year. They are in the same category as used car salesmen. My network is limited and tapped out. I have spoken to everyone I can possibly speak to that I have a relationship with, I have not lived that long. So the job boards are all that are left. I am networking in meet up groups and that takes time. So if all of my friends and family know what I am looking for and making cold calls into a company is out of the question becausue of the iron curtain, how about some tips on getting inside a company.

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