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Burned Out

Burned Out

Looking for a new job doesn’t have to be just another exhausting to-do list item.

One of the most considerable issues with modern work is pervasive burnout.

The core aspects of burnout are feeling exhausted, cynical, and discouraged.

There are steps you can take to preserve your energy and look for your next role regardless of industry.

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Get to The Root of Your Burnout

Get to The Root of Your Burnout

Determine what's causing burnout.

Limit meetings, triage important tasks, reconnect with colleagues, have more control over your schedule, and foster more communication with your manager

If the workplace is truly toxic, you should feel empowered to quit.

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Do some soul-searching

Do some soul-searching

  • Identify roles and companies that align with your values and well-being.
  • Reflect on your current (or most recent, if you’re unemployed) workday for a week or so, making mental notes of moments where you felt happy and fulfilled.
  • Think about situations where you disliked the job.

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Break Down the Job Search

Break Down the Job Search

  • Don’t be demoralized by the path to employment
  • Give yourself 30-, 60-, and 90-day goals.
  • During the first 30 days, consider your values and what you would like your next role to look like.
  • Work on your resume.
  • 60-day goal: Reach out to interesting positions or companies for short informational interviews.
  • By 90 days, you should be applying for jobs.

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Make the Most of The Interview

Make the Most of The Interview

  • During the interview, use the Q&A portion to ask pointed questions about culture.
  • Without mentioning burnout outright, you can ask about office self-care practices, paid time off, flexible scheduling, and remote work.
  • You can get down to the question without actually coming out and saying, 'Hey, are your employees experiencing burnout?'"

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Manage Rejection

  • When you're burned out and already contending with a defeatist attitude, rolling with the punches is much more difficult. Acknowledge the feelings of hurt and disappointment.
  • Then, acknowledge your limited control in the interview process and focus on the areas within your power.

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Don’t Bring Burnout Into Your Next Role

Don’t Bring Burnout Into Your Next Role

  • Take time off to recharge, log off, and rest.
  • Have a conversation with your future manager to set boundaries.
  • Prioritize yourself instead of your work.
  • The best-laid plan for plotting a job change while burned out involves taking small, meaningful steps.

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