Has anyone considered taking a break from job hunting right now until more things start to open up? I've been actively searching for 3 weeks (marketing/comms strategy roles) but it seems most places are still on hiring freeze. Even jobs I've seen recently posted on LinkedIn I'm finding out through internal contacts that the roles are actually on hold. It's pretty discouraging and feels like I'm just wasting efforts. Wondering if I should give myself a mental break and try again in a month or so

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I can very much can identify with that. But, not trying to look for work also feels so hard to do. Feels like I have given up. Damned either way it seems. I’ve been looking since March.

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I got laid off a year ago and am still looking. Thankfully I've gotten freelance along the way, but it's been a terrible market and covid only made it worse.

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Same! :/

Lol 3 weeks. Try 3 months. The market is more competitive than ever. Keep trying!

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Take a break!

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Dude, take the break. Check in on the places you’re particularly interested in, but otherwise let yourself relax a little. The market is trash and there is a LOT of stuff to be stressed about. Everybody needs a break sometimes.

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Could be productive. Sounds like it would be healthy. Maybe there's a middle ground. Change the balance of where your time is spent. 1 for them, 2 or 3 or 4 for you. Good luck.

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I took a break for a bit and just connected with some old colleagues, clients, etc and at one point they moved to bring me on.

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I’m in the same boat, same market, same experience—but specializing in shopper. I got laid off in May out of nowhere. Haven’t started looking seriously yet since the market is still chaos. I think teams are still reeling from being WFH for so long. My hope is that contract work will pick up in the fall. I’m expecting that I’ll need to find it through referral in my network. My outplacement agency suggested that I create a single page “networking brief” that’s kind of a teaser resume. Even for contract and consulting. I assume your resume is also 2 dense pages. It might help to prep this for your search too.

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Never heard of a networking brief. Have you seen an example of one? My resume is 1.5 pages—I try to tailor it for each job so I have one version that’s kind of a “master” general marketing. Then I’ll tailor bullets per job.

What level and where are you based?

Mine is going to the same void, you’re not alone. I’ve shifted and started applying to much more junior roles. I don’t know if it’s the assumption of my age and pay that’s been spooking recruiters but I can’t sit and not work for the next 2 decades because some 27 year old HR Lead thinks I’m too experienced.

Looking for a job was my full-time job for 14 months back when COVID was just a bat's nickname.

I totally feel you on this. I’m on week 7 and I’m doubting if my efforts in applications have been worth it because it’s been radio silence. Have had some small bites here or there but nothing has come close to an offer yet. I’m getting discouraged and I don’t know what I’m looking at is real or not

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