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Job search depression: 11 ways to cope when you’re discouraged
Not hearing back from employers? Not finding the right opportunities? Here’s how to reboot your job hunt and stay positive
7. Assemble a squad
If you haven’t already, look for a search firm or two that gets you and your skills to join your job search team. “Then you will have multiple people looking for your right next role,” says Doyle, “versus it being all on you.”
8. Consider volunteering
For those out of work, the search period can be isolating. Volunteering can be a great way to keep busy and connect with a community in the meantime. “Many nonprofits would benefit from having someone with your skills around – even for a short period,” Markman says. “You may even meet people who can help your job search.”
9. Go solo
Unemployed and searching for a while? Consider consulting – if only for a while – and continuing to look, if you can. “It keeps your skills sharp, continues to build your experience, and you never know if that consulting position may lead to a full-time opportunity once they see your work,” says Doyle. There could also be highly skilled temp positions that will get you into a workplace and could connect you to others who might offer you full-time employment, adds Markman.
10. Take a break
If you’re facing real burnout, don’t be afraid to take a step back. The best time to do this is during a normally slow hiring period, like late December or around July 4th. “Most hiring managers will take vacations during these times frames, and you will be less likely to miss out on a great opportunity,” says Curtis.
11. Know you’re not alone
Finding the right role takes time. Period. “I interview job seekers all the time, and sometimes it’s just helpful for people to understand that other job seekers are having similar challenges,” Doyle says. “It makes you see that you’re not alone in the frustration.”
[ Job seekers need to walk a fine line between sharing and oversharing. Read also: How to be yourself while job hunting: 9 unspoken rules. ]