Tackling Your Fears During the Job Search

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Fear and anxiety are a normal part of the job search for many people. You may worry about a number of things, such as figure out what you really desire in a new position to being embarrassed or getting rejected. However, dealing with the fear can lead to new and rewarding opportunities. Try the following ideas to manage your fears while looking for a new job:

– Examine your fears. Often, fear is attached to risk, such as changing careers or leaving your current position. Once you identify the risk, start asking questions about it, such as what taking it would gain for you and what the worst-case scenario would be if you took it. After you know more about the risk, you may be able to take steps to mitigate it, and your fear may diminish as a result.

– Break frightening tasks into smaller ones. Some people become paralyzed by the fear of taking on a task that seems insurmountable. In these cases, you may be able to get over your fear by turning the one large task into a series of smaller and less-intimidating ones. You may be able to slowly build up your confidence and equip yourself with the skills and experience necessary to make whatever the larger task is seem more doable.

– Embrace the fear of failure. Many people harbor an enormous fear of failure, but failing can be a good thing if you look at it the right way. Every failure presents you with the opportunity to learn and grow, and if you can embrace failure as an opportunity to become better at something, you may come to fear it less.

– Don’t put off scary tasks. If you continually postpone tackling the task that frightens you most, it can hang over you, and you may become more and more afraid of it over time. Instead, start addressing the things that scare you immediately.

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