When you hear the words job search, what comes to mind? Maybe you think EXCITING? But, it’s more likely your one of your first thoughts is SCARY.
However, if deep down, you know your current positions aren’t right, getting a new job IS in your best interest. So, let’s break your fear down. Here are four reasons you are afraid to get a new job and how to fight off your anxieties.
You Don’t Know Where to Start
Especially if it’s been a long time since your last employment search, your first reaction may be to make excuses. “I have no idea how to write a resume.” “Interviews are terrifying.” And, “I don’t even know what a cover letter is.” Guess what? Once upon a time, you figured this out, and you can do it again. Not to mention, the Internet is full of job-hunting resources. What if you aren’t a do-it-yourselfer? Consider connecting with a staffing agency. A professional recruiter can guide you through the process, so you don’t need to figure everything out on your own.
You Hate Change
It’s not just you. Research shows change causes both physical and psychological discomfort. Since our brains want to run on as little energy as possible, they work like crazy to convince us to stick to our old ways. It doesn’t matter if the old ways aren’t the best. So, how can you fight your brain? First, recognize your fear of the unknown is understandable but not reasonable. Then use goal-setting tactics to keep yourself on track while sending your brain’s protests to the background.
You Can’t Handle Rejection
Unless you are unusually lucky and land your first-choice job, you will hear the word NO. If this sends you into a cold sweat, don’t worry. Humans hate rejection too. Scientists believe the fear of rejection gave our ancestors an evolutionary advantage. After all, if you got kicked out of the tribe, you probably weren’t going to survive for long. Fortunately, this no longer holds true. Plus, you can build up your resistance to rejection. Could you use a little inspiration? Check out Jia Jiang’s entertaining TED Talk on 100 Days of Rejection.
You Are Worried Your New Job Will Be Worse
The fact is your new job could be worse, but it could be better too. Remember, because your brain hates change, it is going to launch and anti-new-job ad campaign. What can you do? Talkback. “Ok, brain. What if my new job is worse? I’m in job search mode anyway, so I’ll keep looking.” Also, keep in mind, perfection is a moving target. Instead of hunting for (or expecting) the ultimate job of your dreams, look at every experience as a stepping–stone that moves your closer to your goals.
Are You Ready Stop Being Afraid and Get a New Job?
Halpin Staffing Services is here for you. Our recruiters can help you find the right opportunity. Learn more about the advantages of job hunting with us today!