When you're looking for a job, and you have gone weeks or even months without much luck, it's natural for frustration to creep into the process. However, this obviously doesn't mean you should give up — but it also doesn't mean you should be throwing yourself into the job search for dozens of hours each week. That's a recipe for a quick burnout, and it could leave you in an even more difficult situation going forward.
The question, then, is how you can properly manage your time in such a way that you're being highly effective but not spending so many hours on it that you end up dreading the entire process. We have some suggestions that should help you find that just-right balance:
1) Set your goals for the week, day by day
One of the easiest ways to make sure your job search is on the right path is to start each week with an idea of how you want to spend your time, according to CareerLink. Think about it in terms of, "On Monday I want to do this and that, on Tuesday I want to accomplish this," and so on. Then try to figure out how long that might take you. If you're spending more than a few hours per day on those tasks, it's probably a bit too much, and you'll want to throttle back.
But once you know how much time you want to devote to your tasks, and what those tasks are, it becomes easier to stay on point and avoid burnout.
2) Make sure you sit down and chip away
It might also be helpful to make sure you're scheduling out your time in such a way that you don't let anything slip on any given day, CareerLink advised. Putting together a checklist that allows you to fully understand what you need to accomplish on each day and working on only those things will help you stay on course with your larger goals, and give you a sense of accomplishment when you've ticked off every task.
3) Get into a routine
When you're out of work, perhaps the most difficult aspects of your job search may be getting back into the rhythm of a daily schedule, but it will be vital for ensuring you're on task, according to The Balance Careers. For instance, making sure you do all your job search tasks between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. each day could help you get to everything you need to accomplish and establish a rhythm that's easy for you to follow no matter how frustrated you're feeling.
4) Figure out what's important and what isn't
Finally, it's important to note that you can give yourself needless stress by applying for too many jobs and spreading yourself too thin, according to Cultivitae. Consequently, you need to learn how to prioritize the jobs you're perfect for and stop worrying about those of which you're either over- or underqualified. That, too, will help you manage your time more effectively.