2 months ago I decided that I didn't like the life I have in the town I moved to a year ago for my current job. So, I dusted off my CV and submitted it to every site I could think of, expecting to get a phone call in the next fortnight.
I got over 40 emails in the first week and my phone went off in meetings at work 3 times a day. I had to stick a call forward to my voice mail for all numbers just to curb the disturbances. This goes against all my expectations for job hunting.
I am far too tired in the evenings to spend more than an hour or 2 every other night just replying to everyone. Replying to everyone means I don't have time to actually look and apply for jobs I want; I worry that I'm forgetting or missing followups between all spam I'm getting; and I feel so pressured that I don't have time to think whether I actually qualify for, or whether I even want any of the jobs recruiters are telling me about. I don't feel that I have time to put any real time to focus on any one application, and now the emails and phone calls are slowing down, telling me people are starting to not bother with me because I'm too slow to react.
I feel like I need to quit my current job to have time to deal with it all, but that's going to make me less attractive. I need a second pair of hands to help me. Who is out there that can help me, and what are the options for someone in my position?
P.S. I'm a firmware engineer in the UK looking to go to Europe, probably the Netherlands. Learning dutch while I job hunt was the plan, but the job hunting leaves me no time or energy.