I don’t like to admit this too often, but I’ve been searching for full-time work for longer than I care to admit. Consistently searching for jobs day in and day out can become repetitive and boring, not to mention crushing to your self-esteem and confidence.

Although I’m by no means an expert, here’s what I’ve found works to recharge me during the job hunt:

1. Attend Workshops

Attending workshops give you a chance to review the information you already have, learn new things to supplement the things you already know, and ask the hosts questions. Looking for workshops in your area hosted by individuals who work in your fields of interest also gives you the added advantage of being able to tap into the knowledge of these professionals and gain more knowledge about a particular field. An added bonus: most, if not all, of these workshops are usually free, depending on your field.

I recently attended a resume workshop hosted by a local mental health nonprofit. The workshop gave me a chance to review the information I already knew, build upon that knowledge by incorporating new information that I learned from these professionals, and allowed me to ask questions and get advice from the individuals running the workshop.

Another major thing that the workshop gave me was the opportunity to network within a potential field of interest. There were only three people attending the workshop including myself, so I was able to introduce myself to the people running the workshop. One of these individuals even offered to look over my resume as well.

We all know that an effective network and solid connections go a long way when you’re looking for jobs, but it’s also important to continue to learn and improve the knowledge you have. Attending workshops are a great way to affirm what you already know, build on that knowledge, and even establish new connections in your network.

2. Surround Yourself With Your Support Group (And Take Breaks When Necessary)

Let’s be real for a second; you aren’t a robot. I totally get how stressful not having a job can be, but it’s just not possible to sit at your computer all day dashing out applications from 9 to 5. It’s totally fine to take a break every once in a while. In fact, it’s healthy.

Spending time with the people who love and support you gives your mind a much-needed break from the grind of the job hunt. Taking breaks allow you to come back to your original task refreshed. Yes, I am giving you permission to step away from your computer screen and out the door for a coffee catch up with your BFF when you feel like you need it.

No, when I say break I don’t mean take one every 5 minutes. Take one after longer stretches of time to break it up and give yourself a breather. During my undergrad career, I would break up long chunks of study time with physical activities, like a short run on the track or a brief yoga flow. The exercise breaks that I took in between helped me focus (temporarily) on something else, and would allow me to come back refreshed and ready to concentrate on the task at hand. Sometimes you get more done when you take a break than when you stare at your screen all day.

3. Get A Second Pair of Eyes On Your Materials

When we stare at our application materials for an extended period of time, we miss things that we would normally catch. We might think the cover letter or resume tell a potential employer that we are deserving of an interview, but the truth is that you never know what the person who will be reading your resume will be thinking.

This is not to say that getting another person to review your application materials will get you an interview or grant you the power to read people’s minds, but it’s a good thing to ask other people around you to review your materials. It’s likely that they will catch grammatical errors that your tired eyes passed over or even offer you suggestions regarding your materials and make them stronger.

Having a second pair of eyes review your materials is also a great way to refresh your mind and come back to the job search with renewed purpose. We can’t do everything by ourselves, and asking for help or feedback is never a bad thing.

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4. Periodically Reevaluate

It’s easy to get fixated on a particular job or goal, but it’s also equally important to step back and reevaluate your job search. Take time to look back and reflect on your progress and redirect your job search if you find yourself getting stagnant. Evaluate the jobs you’re applying for and adjust if necessary. Constantly reevaluate your application materials and make sure that they are up to par.

Taking the time to (constantly, if not) periodically reevaluate everything allows you to change direction if you find that you’re applying for jobs that you aren’t necessarily jazzed about (which, let’s be real, you might have to do) or positions that may not necessarily utilize your particular skills, or take the time to correct any errors you may find in your materials.

In addition to catching errors, constantly reevaluating gives you a chance to take stock of your accomplishments, your skills, and more importantly, how they could be of use to a potential employer. I find that taking the time to reevaluate gives me an added boost of confidence in myself and my abilities when I run out of gas.

Searching for a job is a draining process for anyone, and although being unemployed is certainly uncomfortable and monotonous at times, it is also important to take periodic breaks to recharge during this process.