Do you find yourself searching for a job—even when you’re relatively happy with the one you have? Most of us keep our eyes out for jobs that would cause us less stress, but if you’re constantly looking when you don’t need to, you might have a problem. And yes, attending an endless loop of career fairs IS a problem.
Signs of job-search addiction include:
- Feeling like you must visit job boards daily or several times a day
- Failing in your attempts to stop visiting job boards
- Doing things you wouldn’t normally do to access job boards (like hijacking Wi-Fi on your vacation)
- Feeling like job boards help you deal with even minor problems at work
- Focusing more and more time and energy searching for jobs
Sound familiar? Fear not! We’re about to go Dr. Drew on you and get you into recovery. Here’s how to spot trouble and correct it:
Warning Sign #1: Repetition
If you find yourself conducting the same job search every day, several times a day, you’ve got a problem.
Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Sure, the job posts change, but if you’ not getting any bites, you’re clearly doing something wrong.
Tip: Schedule a block of time to conduct your job search. Limit it to once every several days and set a time limit on each session.
Read more of my post at U.S. News & World Report.