Searching for a new job is a time-consuming process, which can take a toll on your mental health.
The job search journey comes with its share of challenges, like worrying about finances, not hearing back about jobs, or being rejected – all of which can impact your mental well-being.

Therefore, prioritising your mental well-being is crucial as you navigate the job search process. To help you avoid burnout, we’ve compiled some tips to assist you along the way.


Establish a routine

The job search can easily become all-encompassing. To maintain a healthy work-life balance, we recommend that you set specific hours for job applications with regular breaks. Try to ensure that you don’t neglect other aspects of your life during this period and dedicate time to activities that bring you joy and fulfilment.

Set realistic goals

It can be beneficial to break down your job search into achievable goals. Focusing on small, manageable tasks helps you feel a sense of progress and boosts motivation. Consider setting daily goals, such as:

  • Update your CV. (Explore our post for tips on giving your CV a refresh)
  • Send off a job application.
  • Add more information to your LinkedIn profile.


Ask for help

It is normal to feel isolated whilst going through the job searching process (many people do!) so it’s important that you reach out for support when you need it. Maybe ask someone to look over your CV, practise interview questions with you or you may just need them to be there for moral support. It can also be helpful to let your network know that you are searching for a new role as they may be able to help you get access to jobs that you can’t find online.


Don’t take rejection personally

Rejection can be difficult to deal with and can knock your confidence but unfortunately, it is a part of the job-hunting process. Try not to take the rejection personally and use it as a learning opportunity. Use any feedback provided to identify areas for improvement and work towards refining your skills for future interviews. We recommend checking out this great resource that provides valuable tips on handling rejection. 


 Don’t give up

Our final tip is don’t give up! The job-hunting process takes time and energy, but your hard work will pay off and when you get that job offer you will be grateful that you carried on. It is extremely important to look after your mental health while job hunting so try to apply our tips to help make the process easier and less overwhelming.


If you found this blog useful, why not check out the others on our website? We think you’ll findNurturing Strong Relationships with Recruiters andSocial Media and Your Careerparticularly useful. Also, be sure to follow us on LinkedIn for more job search tips and insights.


Information sources: Stylist (2020), LinkedIn (2023), BetterUp (2021).