Why panic is a bad strategy in a jobsearch!

Why panic is a bad strategy in a jobsearch!

What I am about to tell you in this post is probably not easy to take, but it is critical in your job search. It really doesn’t matter whether it is a job search, your job, or your business, the answer and the strategy is exactly identical. Panic is a bad strategy!

You need to be confident and show confidence to have success.

If you sit around feeling sorry for yourself, grasping at straws and showing fear, you will convey that you everyone around you. The results are that you will not succeed in getting people to help you with networking, with job connections, or with business growth.

Ask yourself:

Can I do the job? Can I provide the service? Can I help someone reach their goals with my skills?

If the answer is yes, then why are you panicking? Change that attitude, tell yourself you are capable, and look for connections that can take you to the next level.

Let’s assume you have an accomplishment-driven, top notch resume, and you are ready to take on the world. You maybe miss with your first try or even your second. The glue doesn’t seem to be sticking and your are not getting instantaneous results.

You start scrambling, throwing e-mails to everyone willy-nilly, without a plan. You call your friends, your brother-in-law, and the neighbor down the street. All of them give you different advice and you are running in circles totally in a panic.

You blame the resume or the economy, but in reality, it is your lack of confidence that is in the way of your success. If you would just focus your energy, show a positive, confident attitude and perhaps be a little willing to wait, you will reach success.

Sage advice from Jim Connolly about the value of confidence:

When we listen to people who speak with confidence, we tend to believe in them.  However, when we listen to those who lack confidence, we don’t.  In both cases, the speaker transfers either their confidence or their lack of confidence to us, depending on their disposition.  This is why leaders in every area of life, are those who can inspire confidence in their message; be that in a boardroom or sports arena.  By the way, I wrote about another aspect of marketing with confidence here.

The great news, is that confidence starts from within.  WE get to decide whether we project confidence or concern.

If you are ready to face the world with confidence, I can guarantee you that results will follow! Click here to inject confidence in your job search!


  1. jim on April 3, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    Well put… as they say, “if you believe you are great, you are RIGHT! If you believe you are weak, you are RIGHT!” What you believe is your reality. It’s up to you… you make the choice of who you are!

    • Julie Walraven on April 3, 2011 at 4:46 pm

      Exactly, Jim! Your potential is wide open if you want success! See you tomorrow!

  2. Melissa Cooley on April 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    You are right, Julie — how job seekers portray themselves during a job hunt is how people believe they will act when in a position. If they come across as needy and self-doubting, no one is going to think that they can cut it on the job.

    In this case, perception is very important, so job seekers want to be sure that they are perceived as confident problem-solvers who add value and can be depended on to get things done.

    • Julie Walraven on April 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm

      Exactly, Melissa. You are so right. Confident and the solution to the employer’s problems.

  3. Ed Han on April 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    Julie, I wish I’d seen this earlier. Great topic and I completely agree with Jim’s comment as well.

    Our thoughts & beliefs form our reality. It’s really as simple as that.

    • Julie Walraven on April 5, 2011 at 1:05 pm

      I never mind if you come early or late, Ed. I was hoping for reinforcements though and you all have come to reinforce. I appreciate it!

Resume Design and Job Seeking Tips

Here are Design Resumes' latest articles on job search, resume design, resume writing, and Linkedin optimization articles I've written.

FREE Resume and Job Search Tips by email

Get free tips and strategy direct to your inbox. just add your name and email below. I respect your privacy.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Julie Walraven, Design Resumes

Julie Walraven

Professional Resume Writer

Here are ways I can help you land your dream job.

You may be halfway across the country or the world. When you work with me, we share coffee, laughs, and concerns. This turns the scary job search into creative, consultative writing and learning sessions.