When people think of burnout, they tend to think of overworked employees, but those putting in long hours on the job hunt also may be affected, notes Tracey Turner, executive director of The Creative Group, a specialized staffing firm placing creative, advertising, marketing, and web professionals. According to Turner, weary candidates often suffer the same problems as overwhelmed workers, including reduced productivity and morale.
"It continues to be a very challenging time for job seekers, some of whom have spent many months looking for new opportunities," says Turner. "Switching gears and exploring different career avenues can help the unemployed reenergize and identify new leads." Job seekers don't have to dramatically alter their strategies to be effective. For example, volunteering one or two days a week with a nonprofit isn't a big change, but it could have a major impact if the candidate acquires a new skill or meets someone along the way who can help him or her professionally."
Turner offers the following ideas for jump-starting a job search:
Make the call. You may have sent out a flurry of resumes, but have you followed up on the phone? Find out who the hiring managers are, and call them to express your interest and discuss your qualifications.
Divide your time. Many job seekers focus primarily on searching job listings and sending out resumes; networking is equally important. …