There’s only so much BS a human being can possibly take. And this level of tolerance decreases as soon as we start talking about job applications. From one hell of a job description to position requirements that make zero sense, these are just the tip of the iceberg of the dangerous and severe diagnosis known as chronic job search exhaustion.
If you have it, you know it—because at this point you are no longer willing to send one more cover letter with dear this and dear that, because enough is enough. But there’s a safe space to talk about hard things and this corner of the internet known as the r/RecruitingHell subreddit is precisely that.
With 154k members no longer buying into broken job offers, the subreddit has quite a hell of a collection to make you feel better about where you’re at, or at least, not worse.
I Will Drink To That
Job searching is one heck of a job to have. And while you’re on duty, there are many things that induce the dread of any job seeker—job search fatigue. From never-ending cover letter requests to test tasks, pre-screen interviews, draining face-to-face interviews, trial first day, and you name it, only to find out another candidate has been chosen, it's something that puts a strain on your wellbeing in a way that not many things have.
The worst part of the job search is that until you find one, you are not allowed to quit. The problem is that if you succumb to job search fatigue, you’ll prolong the whole process and the search will become no less easier, but way longer. So you wonder what can be done about it?
This Guy Gets It
“It produces this feeling of ‘what’s the point’ and ‘I don’t want to put myself out there’ and obviously that’s a problem,” said Dawn Norris, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. But the bigger problem is that if “you’re not seeking, you’re not going to find anything.”
But according to Norris, job search fatigue is much more complex than simply “an exhaustion of rejection and not hearing back.” It turns out, it has also to do with the loss of identity. “For those of us whose identities were connected to our jobs, those rejections and not hearing back creates a mismatch. We’re constantly getting these feedback mismatches between who we believe ourselves to be and what we’re hearing. When we hear that, it increases our job search fatigue.”
Saw It Online
Then, there’s a stigma about job seekers as they tend to self-isolate and put up a smile every time talking to people about how their life is going. But it’s really important to talk to others to get that much-needed social support and reassurance that you’re going to be just fine. Also, people may help you to learn new job search strategies, give a fresh perspective on your skills and experience, provide useful tips, and after all… help you to find a job.