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Job searching can be a long and exhausting process. But, when you need to do it all while staying dedicated to your current 9-to-5? You can quickly transition from just tired to plain ol’ burnt out.

There’s no denying that looking for a new job while you’re currently still employed requires some serious commitment. However, it’s not impossible. 

Choose a place

You love going home at the end of the day. It’s the place you retreat to after a long day of work in order to kick up your feet, pour a glass of wine and relax in front of the TV. However, that also means it’s likely not a place that will encourage a ton of productivity and motivation when it comes to job searching. 

Choose a place outside of your home that will turn into your job hunting headquarters. Whether it’s a coffee shop or the library, it should be a place that allows you to look for new opportunities free from all of those pesky distractions at home. Plus, you’re much more likely to have a productive job searching session when that particular place is meant for that specific task.

If you have no choice but to go home at the end of the day, choose a select spot in your house for job hunting — ideally not in front of the TV. In order to submit quality applications, your job search requires your full attention. 

Set goals

Set bite-sized, manageable goals for each job hunting session you sit down to complete. Whether it’s picking a number for how many jobs you’ll apply for, identifying a certain amount of new opportunities, brushing up your resume or improving your LinkedIn profile, set a specific, measurable goal for that time period. This milestone will allow you to feel accomplished when your job searching session wraps up. Plus, it’ll be a solid indicator for when you can call it quits that day — once that goal is met, you’re free to step away from the computer.

Set a time limit

When you’ve committed yourself to finding a new gig as soon as possible, it’s all too easy to fall into the trap of spending all of your free time in front of your computer — until you’re bleary-eyed and completely exhausted.

Hold yourself to a rule by setting a time limit for how long each evening you’ll spend job searching. Whether it’s a half hour or three hours, that end in sight will inspire you to keep trucking along. 

Implement a reward system

Nothing can inspire you to push through and keep moving forward quite like a reward. Making a delicious dinner, reading or watching your favorite show after your job hunt can all function as rewards for time well spent.

Don’t neglect downtime

It’s important to remember that you are entitled to some rest, relaxation and time to recharge your batteries for the next day. Don’t forget that in the midst of your job and job search.