What Do I Do If I Feel Burned Out?


A common feeling about job hunters is feeling burned out . . . but is that really the right word? I explore that in this video and offer another term for it and suggestions for how to deal with it.


What do I do if I feel burned out? Man this is such a common question. The follow-up part to the question is that the person is one more interview schedule and the individual he is going to meet with has been rude to him up until this point so, obviously, the question was feeling it degree of pessimism about this interview and feeling burnt out.

I’m thinking burned out may not be the right term here. I think frustrated is the right term. It seems he’s feeling frustrated because he hasn’t gotten the results that he thinks he deserves.

So, if you are feeling burned out, if you’re feeling frustrated, if you are doing a lot of stuff and not getting the results that you hoped for, I invite you to put aside these expectations that you deserve a certain type of result in slow things down a little bit.

Often “burn out” is frustration that “if I do these things, I expect certain results NOW.” Unfortunately, life doesn’t work that way.

Would you need to do is reevaluate how your search has been conducted, what are you doing right and what could you be doing differently. Maybe you are in a field that operates differently than your expectation. Maybe you need to adjust to remain in that field.

I hear that someone is feeling frustrated, I encourage people to take a couple of hours to sit back and asked themselves what’s been going on in the search so far? Have you been going “great guns” to launch your search? Have you done anything since to market yourself? Maybe what you need to do is arrange for a few more interviews because, to use this person’s example, they only have one more interview schedule is not feeling particularly optimistic about it.

To get the results that you want, you can’t just simply charge out “great guns.” You need to exert effort that sustains itself over the course of time. You have to be patient until you get the opportunity to kiss the right frog that turns into a prince or princess, you’re going to be kissing a lot of dirty frogs, right?

So, think in terms of you get the right outcome. How do you do that? Generate more interviews. Improve your interviewing, if that’s the issue. If the issue is your field requires you to do certain things that up until this point you have wanted to do, then you have to sit back and say, “okay, what’s the price I’m willing to pay?” After all, is a choice that you have to make in order to remain in your chosen industry.


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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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