4 Reasons to Not Abandon the Job Search

A rejection call, a failed online application, a disastrous interview – you can never quite tell what could be the last straw that finally causes you to throw up your hands and say, “I’m done!” The job search is not a walk in the park, it’s more like climbing a mountain. After building a solid foundation on a professional resume and a stockpile of cover letters, the climb begins with hours of scouring job boards, continues with piles of application, eventually leading the way to high-pressure interviews, each different and demanding in its own way.

Days, weeks or months of climbing towards a new career summit can leave job seekers exhausted and desperately looking for reasons to keep moving forward.

If you’re feeling fatigued, don’t give up hope! Here are a few reasons to not abandon the job search just yet:

It Takes Time

In a perfect world, the day after you step away from one position, hiring managers from your next dream job would be calling you directly with offers. In reality, the average job search can take about 43 days. Six weeks might seem manageable, but this number can also vary depending on your industry of focus.  The biggest lesson to take away from this statistic is the fact that every search is different.

If you don’t find your next opportunity right away, don’t panic. Instead, start setting small, manageable goals for yourself in order to keep motivated in the short term. For example, challenge yourself to send X number of applications one week, then increase this number in following weeks. By making steady progress on the way to a major goal, you can keep your thoughts focused on positive achievement.

There are More Ways than One

It’s true that searching for a job is a job in its own right. Just like any other job, it can be easy to slip into a repetitive routine that wears on you. Waking up at the same time every day, researching and/or applying on the same websites and talking with the same people can lead to burnout quickly if you’re not careful.

If you’re caught in a rut, consider switching up search tactics! If the day-to-day drone of online searching, also known as job board hypnosis, is wearing you down, consider getting offline and meeting employers in person at career fair events or informational interviews. Same old resume got you down? Consider a new format! There are countless ways to refresh your routine, so try something new that works for you and your schedule.

You’re in Control

You’re the boss of your job search. Unlike previous positions you may have held, you are in complete control of your daily responsibilities and the success of your efforts. If something isn’t working for you, that’s okay! Take charge and start searching on your own terms. Confidence means everything when working towards a new opportunity, so make your career search unique to you!

Support Shines

You may be in control of your job search, but you’re not alone. If the urge to give up is shutting down your progress, consider seeking help from trusted people in your network. An extra set of eyes on application materials can open up your mind to new possibilities. A friend you haven’t met with in months might mention a new opportunity over lunch. And, sometimes, a sensitive ear is all a job seeker needs in order to let off some steam and recharge mentally.

Searching for a job isn’t easy. If the climb towards the next peak of your career has got you down, it’s okay to take a breath, rethink your course of action and prepare mentally and physically for what’s ahead. Do you have any tips for remaining positive on the job hunt? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment section below!

16 thoughts on “4 Reasons to Not Abandon the Job Search

  1. If someone is giving up on his job search, then you are even giving up on the opportunity to find a new opportunity. Regardless of how stressful your job search becomes, remain positive and persistent.

  2. Nice article, and good, solid reminder to keep looking. I like the comment “Unlike previous positions you may have held, you are in complete control of your daily responsibilities and the success of your efforts.”

    Thanks for the encouragement!

  3. Wow.. this was just what I needed. At times I wonder how long is too long. But like you said i guess I just need to keep applying. Thanks for the post

  4. A job search in this day and era is a marathon indeed–as Ganapati said. Actually, it’s more like a super-marathon when you reach 50 or older! Staying optimistic in the face of seemingly endless discouragements is likely the most difficult thing I’ve endured, but you’ve really no choice but to keep moving forward–take it from me!

  5. Good article, uplifting and all that… still doesn’t make you feel other than an amateur competing in a professional game.

    You are right, it is tough and the higher the position you are seeking the longer and more arduous the journey. The truth of the matter though, I tell myself each morning, is “you have never quit anything before so don’t now, stop griping, get up, and, get going”

  6. Thank you for posting this. I am needing ecouragement to keep going. Life can be too hard, too cruel, and when you get to be of a certain age and find yourself having to start all over again, it’s hard picking yourself up and dusting yourself off. It’s hard to hold that smile so the world smiles with you. Today I need some one to help me keep my chin up. Thanks for encouragement.

  7. Wow. This article is just in time. I really needed a boost. After searching for months and still not having found a full-time job I am thinking of other ways to seek employment. I plan on reaching out to friends and prior employers.

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