Is there such a thing as hunting TOO HARD for a job?
May 31, 2013 7:39 AM Subscribe
I was unfortunately laid off early this week, but have a couple months' severance and thus have a couple months' time in which to do a job search (it's okay, I was already thinking of starting my own search in a couple months anyway). However, I haven't had much experience IN searching - and think in the past I've been exhausting myself looking TOO hard. Is there such a thing? What does an effective job search actually LOOK like?
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Work & Money (45 answers total) 58 users marked this as a favorite
In the past I've gotten all flaily and panicky, thinking I should be sending out reams of resumes Every! Single! Day! otherwise I'm not doing "enough". So I end up applying to anything that could be partway dealable or applicable to my skills just so I have something. Granted, I've been looking during recessions so that hasn't helped, but I wonder if my own scattershot approach may be shooting me in the foot by not being really targeted, and also by making me look real desperate.
This time, i'm doing something a little different - I've found a couple companies I could work for and will be stopping by with my resume in a couple weeks, and I'm working a couple connections in the industries I want to move into and have bookmarked a couple of companies' job boards and will be perusing them for a month.
But I want to avoid the whole "I'm not doing enough" feeling, so I think I need some kind of rule of thumb to bear in mind as to How Many Resumes Per Week is "enough" so I don't panic and start trolling Monster.com and Craigslist and applying to everything in sight and making myself nuts again. Is there such a rule of thumb?
Of course I would apply for something stellar no matter how many other applications I'd sent out in a given week; I'm more just looking for a way to talk myself out of the "I'm not doing enough" mental hangup I seem to get. Thanks.