3 Times You Should Take a Break from Looking for a Job

Often when a tough task isn’t quite clicking, you know the best way to change things up is to take a break. You’ll come back refreshed, with a new perspective that can help you break through a mental block.

And yet, so often when the job search is getting people down, they take a more-is-more approach. Your first 10 applications haven’t gotten a response? Send 15 more! You’ve been spending 30 minutes each day browsing open positions? Bump it up to an hour!

This motivation to double-down is understandable: If you’re actively searching, odds are you’re either unemployed or unhappy in your current role, so you want to know you’re doing all you can to find something ASAP.

However, the last thing you want to do is get in your own way. With that in mind, here are three signs you should back away from the search for a little bit, plus ideas for exactly how to do it.

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