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How to Beat Job-Search Fatigue

July 2009 (SmartPros) "Finding a job is a job" is an old saying that's never been more accurate than it is today. If you are in the midst of what has become, by previous standards, an extended employment search, you've likely experienced moments of frustration and dismay.

Without question, job hunting in the current market requires patience and perseverance. Following are tips for staying positive and beating the job-search blues:

Remain goal-oriented. When between jobs, people often miss the sense of achievement derived from completing tasks and meeting objectives on a regular basis. Stay on track by creating a job-hunting to-do list with firm deadlines. Bullet points might include sentences such as “I’ll submit a targeted cover letter to ABC Corp. before noon today,” or “I’ll set meetings with four members of my professional network by Friday.” Put simply, goal fulfillment will boost your morale and ward off search fatigue.

Keep your skills up to date. Don’t let fear or discouragement undermine your motivation. Hiring managers will want to know what you’ve been doing besides just “looking for work.” Turn downtime into learning time. Stay current on accounting and finance industry trends, and expand your skills by taking professional development courses, reading trade publications, or even teaching yourself a new software program.

Don’t isolate yourself. Remember that you’re not alone. Join professional associations and attend industry training or networking events where you can meet others face to face. You also might look into joining a “job club” or support group for out-of-work professionals. Many people now gather both online and off to share employment leads and swap job-searching war stories.

Pursue temporary assignments. If you’ve sent resume after resume to no avail, it might be time to consult a professional. A specialized staffing firm can provide you with valuable tips and feedback on improving your application materials and performing well in interviews. Moreover, a recruiter can help you locate temporary positions that will allow you to remain productive, establish connections and earn money — all while you continue looking for permanent full-time work.

For more advice on management and career issues, listen to The Management Minute, Robert Half’s podcast series at

Accountemps is the world’s first and largest temporary staffing service specializing in the placement of accounting, finance and bookkeeping professionals. The company has more than 360 offices nationwide and offers online job search services at

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Source: Accountemps

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