by Nicole Usiondek, Head Editor, INALJ Michigan
The Opposite of Job Search Fatigue
Job search fatigue is very common. I experienced it while I was job hunting and I know several of my friends and coworkers also went through it when they were searching. When I landed my current position I was overjoyed – no more writing cover letters, no more rejection letters, no more silence.
You can imagine my surprise when I found myself thinking about job hunting. I love my job. LOVE IT. I work with a great group of people. I am continually amazed at how nice and helpful everyone has been to me; do not even get me started on how smart they are. I also have a supervisor who wants me to succeed and is grooming me for management. I am completely happy and satisfied with my position.
So what gives? Why do I mentally craft a cover letter when I am updating the Michigan page? I know I am not going to apply. I have spent some time thinking about this and I have realized that job hunting has become a habit. I spent three years looking for my dream job. I’ve heard that it takes doing something twenty-five times in a row for it to become a habit, and I know that I have spent way more time than that job hunting. My only conclusion is that I am suffering from the opposite of job search fatigue. I am suffering from job search habit.