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Overcoming Decision Fatigue in Job Search

Rangam Aug 1, 2023 6:34:24 AM
A man's side profile with question marks depicts decision fatigue in the job search

Searching for a job can be stressful regardless of whether you are in a knowledge-based or skill-based career. With so many job openings popping up on your screens, in your inbox, or through referrals and friends in the business, it might all seem grand and glorious to people outside your orbit. To some it might even seem that you are spoiled for choice and hence are not able to make the right decision.

But so many options and choices can also lead to a phenomenon known as decision fatigue. Decision fatigue is “the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual over a long course of time.” Job seekers in particular are subject to decision fatigue because of all the choices they have to make — including which jobs to apply for, customizing resumes and cover letters for each job, preparing for interviews, attending those interviews, and negotiating final contracts. Days, weeks, and months of continuously making these choices can wear on job seekers.

There are a few ways job seekers can reduce decision fatigue and make better choices.

  1. Set clear goals: Having well-defined goals for a job search will help you identify and focus on jobs that are in line with your career goals better than a scattershot method.
  2. Have a checklist: Having a checklist will keep you focused, organized, and will also help in bringing down your stress levels.
  3. Short breaks: Allow yourself regular breaks to rest and recuperate. Taking a break helps you refocus, see the larger picture, and make better decisions.
  4. Seek help: Talking to mentors, experts, friends, and even family can help you get a different perspective on your job search. This will also help in getting guidance and learnings that can be beneficial in your job search.
  5. Wellness: Be mindful of your wellness. Eating well, staying active, and getting enough sleep will help you stay energized and fit to handle the demands of the job search process.

How do you tackle decision fatigue in your job search? Let us know in the comments section!

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