How To Overcome Your Job Search Fears Just In Time For HalloweenJenna Arcandon September 27, 2021 at 8:17 pm Work It Daily


The thought of conducting a job search right now is probably very intimidating for most professionals—and a little frightening. While there are many things that could be scaring you about your job search, you can’t let those fears impact your career, especially when you can easily overcome them with the right tools, tips, and strategies.

If the phrase “looking for a job” strikes fear into your heart, don’t worry. Here’s how to overcome your job search fears this fall, just in time for Halloween!

Fear #1: Employers Won’t Call You Back

You’re putting so much time and effort into your job search, but what if employers never call you back? This is a common fear for many professionals, and for good reason. A lot of job seekers do spend hours a day applying for jobs only to never hear back from employers. There are a few reasons why this might be happening: your resume didn’t make it past the ATS, your cover letter didn’t stand out to hiring managers, and/or you didn’t adequately market your skills and experience to employers or demonstrate your value as a business-of-one.

How To Overcome This Fear:

Optimize your resume with keywords and by quantifying your work experience so it gets past the ATSWrite a disruptive cover letter to stand out from the competitionNetwork your way into the company so you can bypass the online application process altogether

Fear #2: You’ll Bomb The Job Interview

This is a fear that probably keeps you up at night. You’ve finally found a job you like and land an interview with the company. But, what if you bomb the job interview? What if you ruin your chances of getting a job offer? Confidence is key in a job interview, and you can’t be confident without proper interview preparation.

How To Overcome This Fear:

Research the company you’re applying toPractice, practice, practiceAsk a trusted friend or colleague to conduct a mock interview

Fear #3: You’ll Accept The Wrong Job Offer

If you’ve been looking for a job for a while, you might feel desperate. This puts you in a vulnerable spot, but you should avoid settling for a job if you can. On the flipside, you might have multiple job offers and need to decide which one is right for you. Do you feel empowered to make the right decision?

How To Overcome This Fear:

Create an interview bucket list to ensure you’re applying to companies you actually want to work forAsk questions in your job interviews so you have enough information about the positionLearn how to negotiate the salary you deserve

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