The process of searching for a job can be stressful, exhausting and emotionally draining. Feeling disheartened is a natural response, but if negative emotions are affecting your daily life and relationships, you may be facing a job-search burnout. Take control of the situation and do something about it.

Give yourself a break

Take time off to refresh yourself. A break might also reenergise you and put you in a better frame of mind. It helps to cut yourself some slack occasionally. If there is a dry spell in recruitment ads or there’s really nothing suitable, don’t send in a resume for the sake of doing so.

“It’s not about you”

After being rejected for what you thought was a perfect job fit, your mind may be filled with negative thoughts about your ability and employability. Evaluate the situation objectively and try to understand that sometimes employers make decisions based on factors that are out of your control.

Keep active

Resist the temptation to mope at home. Keep your energy levels up with regular physical activity. Exercise helps relieve stress and enables you to think more clearly and focus better. It will also help you to maintain a healthy weight and physique that could work in your favour should you be called for an interview.

Don't keep it to yourself

You may not want to talk about what you’re going through because you don’t want to burden those around you. But voicing your frustrations to a trusted person can actually relieve that stress. A supportive person can help put things into perspective and offer some advice.

Improve your employability

Take a critical look at the skills you have and those you lack. Think about updating your skills and broadening your interests to stay relevant in the job market.

Maintain a daily schedule

It’s too easy to slip into a “holiday” mode of waking up late and going through the day aimlessly. Keep a routine, just like if you were working. Get up by a certain time, have breakfast and get ready to go to “work” every day, except that your job now is to find a job.

Set up an “office corner” where you can read the newspapers, make phone calls, work on the computer and file your correspondence without any interrupt or distraction. Make a daily “to do” list and be sure to achieve that target.

Be a volunteer

Doing volunteer work is a way to utilise your work skills in a non-office environment. It keeps your mind active too. Who knows, you may build up a new network of contacts through the people you’ll meet!