You may not be willing to admit it, but one of the biggest hurdles for job seekers is fear:
Why is fear standing in the way of your success?
- Fear of missing a perfect opportunity
- Fear of messing up the interview
- Fear of not making the final cut
- Fear of engaging your network
→ Overcome Fear of missing a perfect opportunity
Some job seekers send substandard applications because 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 People learned resume writing in school following outdated resume writing models by instructors who never had a quality resume themselves because they aren’t on the market.
Prepare in advance by 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.
→ Overcome 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, and the history of the company. Research the competition, methods of business development, strategies 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.
→ Overcome 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).
→ Overcome 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.
Other fears of job seekers:
- 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