Giving Up On Your Job Search? Here's What To Do

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Let’s be real: Sometimes, finding a job feels impossible.

Maybe your industry or particular position is oversaturated. Maybe the location you live in simply does not have a lot of positions open. No matter the reason, there comes a point for many job seekers where they consider giving up.

You definitely do not have to give up, though it is perfectly reasonable to want to. Let's explore what you should do when you're about to give up on the job search.

Why Do People Give Up On Their Job Searches?

Some job seekers may go through the cycle of applying and hearing crickets or applying and going to interviews and then hearing crickets. It’s a ridiculously frustrating cycle to get stuck in, and it can also be costly. Between buying professional-looking clothes for interviews, driving to interviews, and buying other items for the job-seeking process, it can eventually feel like you’re spending money on nothing.

It just comes to a point where some job seekers want to give up completely. It’s understandable but certainly does not have to come to giving up.

Five Things You Can Do Before You Give Up On Your Job Search

There are a number of things you can do before completely scrapping your job-seeking plans:

Make major changes

Something isn't working out here, and it’s your job to fix it. Look at what may or may not be working out on your job search. If you can’t pinpoint exactly what could be going wrong, try changing up everything. Redo your resume, rewrite your cover letter, switch up your outfit, take an online public speaking class. Try different things.

Pro tip: see’s ">roughly 427,000 resumes posted each week. If you feel like posting your resume to a large job search site like this will be helpful in your job search, it won’t.


If you’re only applying to random jobs and not really taking the time to network, you could be hurting your chances of getting a job. Networking online through LinkedIn or through networking events is a great way to meet people and find positions. Make sure you network with the right people, though. Invest time into recruiters, hiring managers, and current employees in a company or industry you want to work in. Having some rapport with a company is always good practice.

Pro fact: A study that was led by Lou Adler suggests that 85% of critical jobs are filled via networking.

Take a short break

This is a great way to decompress before starting your job search again. Just make sure that you set a deadline to come back into the game. A short break can slowly turn into giving up completely. We would suggest taking between three days an one week at a maximum off.

Improve your ability to interview

Watching YouTube videos about how to improve your presence during an interview. Draft a script of exactly what you want to say and rehearse that script.

Consider temp jobs

Temp agencies are worth looking into to supplement your income while you look for a permanent or stable job. Temp agencies will find temporary positions for you to fill for a short amount of time. Plus, hiring managers tend to be more interested in employees who are already employed elsewhere. On this same wavelength, you may also want to consider volunteering for a nonprofit during this time. It won’t generate income, but it will look good on a resume and offer some reprieve from the stress of job seeking. Plus, doing good things for other people will be good for your mental health.

Related: 5 Best Part-Time Jobs Plus 14 Other Easy Part-Time Jobs

In addition to this list, there are also ways to avoid job search burnout.

Four Methods For Avoiding Job Search Burnout

The burnout is real. And here are some ways to avoid it.

Get inspired

Every day, take the time to look up inspirational quotes, especially ones that relate to job hunting. This will help you get into the right mindset to search for a job or go to an interview.

Network your way

Some people may tell you to schedule your days to the max with coffee dates, interviews, or business-hopping. This is a great way to get totally burnt out. Figure out what schedule works for you when it comes to setting up job hunting and interviews.

Take care of yourself

Self-care is so important for everyone, not just job seekers. When you’ve finished your day of interviews or application-sending, treat yourself to something nice. When you know there is something good waiting for you at the end of a busy day, you’ll be more inclined to get that work done.

Schedule your plans

Setting a daily time limit for your job searching endeavors should be mandatory. If you spend every hour of the day on job-searching and nothing else, you’re going to massively burn out. Aim for three hours of job searching and applying per day.

What Should I Do If I'm Feeling Discouraged About My Job Search?

Identify what your problems are. Typically, job search fatigue involves both physical and mental exhaustion. Pinpoint the issues and address them. They may be way more obvious than you anticipated.

Stepping away from your laptop can also help. A majority of people search for jobs and apply for them, and even interview for them, online. This is super convenient, but it can also be terrible for you. Being hunched over an application while staring at a glaring screen for hours on end can make you feel extremely burnt out and ready to give up. Step away from the computer, take a walk, do something fun for a few minutes before getting back into the game.

What Should I Analyze About My Process In Order To Improve My Chances Of Getting Hired In The Future?

The best way to see what you’re doing wrong in job interviews is to ask.

Most of the time, asking for feedback will be a fruitless venture. Many hiring managers don’t have the time to respond to you. However, sometimes they will.

Try sending your hiring manager an email or leaving them a voicemail asking for feedback for future job-seeking efforts. Interviewers who want to help typically will. Be sure to take everything they bring up and consider different ways for you to fix them or improve upon them.

Some common feedback you may hear could involve a poorly-edited resume, a lack of introspection while giving answers to behavioral questions, seeming like a poor fit for company culture, and other elements. When you hear this feedback, it is important to not be discouraged. It is all stuff you can actively change!

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams. Patrick has been a source for Human Resources and career related insights for Forbes, Glassdoor, Entrepreneur,, SparkHire, and many more.


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