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How to overcome fear to find the right job

How to overcome fear to find the right job

Climbing out of fear

You may not be willing to admit it, but one of the biggest hurdles for job seekers is fear:

  • Fear of missing a perfect opportunity
  • Fear of messing up the interview
  • Fear of not making the final cut
  • Fear of engaging your network

 Why is fear standing in the way of your success?

→ Fear of missing a perfect opportunity

Sometimes job seekers will send substandard applications when they think they will miss the opportunity. A big reason for this is the lack of preparation. Writing a quality resume is a hard job that is frequently misunderstood. People are taught resume writing in school by instructors following models that have not been updated in years and by instructors who often have never had a quality resume themselves because they haven’t looked for many years.

Prepare in advance by either spending the time learning how to write a value-filled, content-driven resume or hire a professional resume writer to do it for you. You will win in the end.

→ Fear of messing up the interview

Preparation is the key to successful interviewing. Make sure that you fully understand the company, the products, the services, the history of the company, who is the competition, how they find new business, what strategies have worked in the past, the financial picture of the company, and who is interviewing you. LinkedIn will provide information on many interviewers. Study their profile prior to the interview.

→ Fear of not making the final cut

You are not in control of their selection. What you are in control of is making the best possible impression, being prepared with in-depth research prior to the interview, and presenting a positive image of yourself (think hair, shoes, dress, and overall appearance).

→ Fear of engaging your network

Many people assume that no one cares, no one wants to help them, no one is interested in their issues. You can assume this too but without testing your network, you will never know. Take the chance on asking for help and you may be surprised how helpful people can be. If you are not in a job search right now, it is time for you to do the helping, that’s all that networking is – helping others. Find someone who could use a hand today and offer yours. People remember those helping hands and are more likely to be there when you need one.

In a future post, we can discuss some of the other fears of job seekers listed below as well as proactive steps you can take to eliminate the fear.

  • Fear of the follow-up call
  • Fear of not negotiating the right terms
  • Fear of not being chosen
  • Fear of not landing the right job

I help job seekers transform their resumes and job search strategies in interactive, solution-driven strategic planning sessions. To see how I can help you, call me (Julie Walraven) at 715-564-5263.


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