When you're unemployed, tackling the job hunt is a major step. There are many things that cause fear initially, but these should be faced head on to help get you on track at the start of your search. Let's look at some of the most common fears, and how to overcome them:
1. Fear of asking for help
Being unemployed or recently unemployed can make you step back and look at what resources you have available. Your biggest resource is the network you've built up over time. Don't be afraid to alert others to your current situation and ask for help. Your network can help you find new positions and make you aware of new openings that may end up being a great fit for you. Companies often even give employees referral fees for recommending a future hire. So don't be afraid to use your network to the fullest.
2. Fear of the unknown
If you are unemployed for the first time in a long time, catching up on all of the new ways to job search can be very frightening. There are tons of new technologies that have been developed over the years to aid in the job hunt. Learning about these technologies can be a daunting experience and is often followed by many questions about each one. Don't be afraid to jump in and try a couple of these technologies that may be out of your comfort zone or ask friends what has worked for them. The more fearless you are, the easier it will be to start tackling the unknown.
3. Fear of not being perfect
Don't let the fear of thinking you need to have the perfect cover letter and resume get in your way while job searching. Everything needs to polished and put together to showcase you and your talents to the employer, but worrying about it can threaten the quality of your cover letter and resume by constantly editing to be "perfect." Don't stress too much about being the perfect fit for a company, work to make sure that you meet what they are asking for in the position, and things will fall into place.
4. Fear of being out of your league
As you search for a new job, be realistic. Look for roles that best meet your skill set and present yourself in the most confident manner. If you meet the requirements and feel confident with your cover letter and resume, there is no reason to feel like that position is out of your league. The biggest step here is to be realistic with what you are searching for.
These common job-search fears can cause you to feel apprehensive about how to tackle and start your job search. Address these fears head-on to overcome them and stop delaying your job search.
What fears have you faced that prevented you from starting your job search?
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