We are going to show what the most common fears of job seekers are and in the process, hopefully help show you that you don’t need to be afraid of them.
(1) Won’t Find A Job
Fear number one is they worry that no matter what that they do, they won’t find a new job. Well, you need to realise that this is a thought that passes through every job seekers head, new or experienced. Jobs are out there, however competition can be tough meaning it can take longer to secure a job. It’s usually time that is the factor, some wait longer than others. Of course there is rejection but again, this is something all job seekers face no matter how experienced you are.
If you have an attitude of I won’t find a job, then that attitude will reflect in your applications & interviews and it will not help you. It’s more than likely one of the reasons you not getting a job. You need to be positive that you will achieve your goal. Just got to be realistic and know that it won’t happen after one day. Some job seekers have looked for jobs for couple of years before landing one. In the end you need to be positive and be properly prepared with your job search tools, realistic goals and that it will just take TIME!
(2) Finding A Job & Having Circumstances Change
Fear number two is the fear of change. Change can be scary for a lot people for several reasons. When it comes to someone getting a new job, there is the fear that the changes it makes in their life will not benefit them or make things harder. For unemployed job seekers it can be over money and paying for bills they never did before meaning that costs can go up and more issues to deal with. People with families fear the change it will have on the family life e.g. time with kids, school runs etc.
We all like our habits but at some point in life we all have to change and finding a job, is a good change. You gain control of your life again; you don’t have to rely on the state or friends & family no more. Some also feel the social burden lift of their shoulders due to the stereotype of unemployed people being a drain on the state etc. Getting a job should not been seen as it will cause hassle, it should be seen as a good thing. Ok, starting off the changes in your life may be difficult however, if you have planned properly then you should be prepared & if you have got supportive people to help then it will help greatly. Again we come back to the right attitude. Getting a new job should not been seen as a hassle, it should be seen as getting back on track, increased freedom etc all positive aspects!
(3) Not Qualified Enough
Fear number three is the fear of not being qualified enough. Some job seekers are never realistic in the types of jobs they want. Some try to get into professions that need specialised qualifications or skills that they haven’t got. For others like me, they worked in a good profession straight from school but never got the qualifications and when lost their job, & struggled to get another one due to this.
When we look for a job, we have to be realistic. Meaning you have to match your skills and qualifications to the jobs you can do. If you want to do a certain type of job, then you have to get the training & qualifications. There will be professions that you can’t do. No matter how much you want it, you need to be realistic. In your job search you must go for the jobs where your skills and level qualifications allow you to. Yes it is frustrating at times, but you need to be true to yourself. The first step of a job search should be to match you to realistic jobs. Don’t be silly and apply for jobs you won’t be allowed to do, as you will keep being rejected & never get a job. Have the right attitude about yourself & what you can do. Doing this will increase your chances of getting a job.
(4) Making Mistakes
Fear number four is making mistakes. We all fear making mistakes at some point in our lives over various issues. However, if we all allowed our fears to hold us back then for some, we wouldn’t be living the lives we have now e.g having kids, getting married, trying new things etc. Back on topic, it is true that making mistakes in your job search can cost you opportunities but still you should not allow this to hold you back. In truth, all job seekers will make mistakes in their job search. Some mistakes will be small will others will be bigger.
Mistakes however in a job search can help us. Ok, they may cost one opportunity but they help us learn. An example is, you have emailed your CV to an employer but you get feedback saying your application is not being forwarded due to spelling mistakes. What have we learnt? To check our CV before we send it to make sure there are no mistakes. This then becomes standard practice for you. We all make mistakes and every job seeker will make one but don’t worry about. Have the right attitude of not let it get you down, but learn from it and never repeat it again!