The Perils of Job Searching

When There are Just Too Many Options

Since the last time that I looked for a new position (around 2012) there has been an explosion of tools and resources available for people looking for jobs. While I am certainly glad to have all of these things, I am definitely a bit stressed out with the sheer volume of tools, resources, and job postings that are out there. It is difficult to sort through it all.

Maybe you are like me and feeling overwhelmed with all of the tools and resources available? It blessing to have all of these resources, but it can be very overwhelming trying to sort through all of this. Here are some tips that I am trying to use to get through this time, they may help you out as well.

Try to use only a few job search tools at a time.

This will help you to focus your search and not feel so overwhelmed. While it is great to be on Indeed, LinkedIn, Zip-Recruiter, Glassdoor, etc., you may need to limit the sites that you dedicate the majority of your time and effort towards. Each one of these sites can suck you in and make you feel overwhelmed quickly. If you are spending all your time on all of them, you are going to have a rough time.

Try to focus on a few main priorities when you sit down to work on job searching.

Pick a few tasks and focus on them one at a time. Don’t try to accomplish everything at once. For example, you might want to spend 30 minutes looking for new job postings, 30 minutes updating your resume, and 30 minutes researching companies that you are interested in.

Set a daily or weekly time limit for job searching.

This will help you to stay on task and not get lost in the abyss of job postings and resources. Dedicate a certain amount of time each day or week to job searching and stick to it. This will help you to stay focused and not get too overwhelmed with the process.

Take breaks!

This may seem counterintuitive, but taking breaks is actually essential when you are feeling overwhelmed. When we are stressed, our bodies release the hormone cortisol, which can have negative effects on our health both physically and mentally. By taking breaks throughout the day, you can help to reduce your cortisol levels and give yourself a much-needed break from the job search.

Bonus tip:

Talk to friends and family about your job search and find some time to debrief with those you trust. If we don’t take time to talk to others we run the risk of internalizing our stress and feeling even more overwhelmed. Keep the lines of communication open and remember that you are not in this alone. There are others who want to help and support you through this process!

What are some tips you have been using to deal with the job search? Feel free to post them below or send me an email at with your thoughts.





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