The False Honeymoon



Wait, maybe this won’t be so bad after all. During The False Honeymoon, I start to realize all the things I didn’t like about my last job. How many times did I tell myself that I needed to just get up and walk out of that place? Here’s my chance! It didn’t feel great to experience The Separation Shock, but you know what, that’s exactly what I needed in order to start this new chapter of my career.

It’s only up from here—after all, how hard can it really be to find a new job? The guy on TV was saying the other day that the unemployment figures are low and the jobs report looks good—that has to be a good sign, right? And I have to admit, having a little extra time on my hands feels great. I’ve had projects around the house that I’ve been meaning to get to for months and this nice little break will be the ideal time to finally tackle them.

I finally got around to having a conversation with my spouse and my good friend about all of this – they are surprisingly supportive. Now I’m focused on getting a job just like my old one as quickly as possible. I heard that I need to update my resume and do some outreach to my network. That sounds easy enough. I send off some emails to old colleagues and to a few good friends. Now, I just sit back and wait for the opportunities to flow in!

What you may be feeling

  • Relieved

  • Optimistic

  • Unburdened


  • Setting unrealistic expectations about the ease and brevity of the journey ahead

  • Blindly pursuing a job similar to your last one

  • Sinking time and energy on tactical steps before grappling with higher-order career questions

Chris Rudnicki