Posted November 19, 2014 by

5 Fears in Your Job Search You Can Overcome

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Do you have any fear(s) when it comes to your job search?  For example, if you are a recent graduate, you might wonder if you will find an entry level job with the degree you just earned.  Or, maybe you have not been working for a while and uncertain about how to get back into the workforce.  No matter what is holding you back from looking for a job, the important thing is to figure out how to conquer it.  The following are five fears you may experience in your job search and how to overcome them.

Don’t get a job – After enough time goes by, you might start thinking you will never find a job.  However, stay the course.  Examine your job search, and make any changes that can improve it.  For example, tweaking your resume or applying for jobs at a different time of the day.

Not using your college degree – Most, if not all, college graduates do not expect to be working on entry level jobs that are not relevant to their education.  While your career might begin this way, it does not mean you won’t eventually land your dream job.  Focus on networking opportunities including attending career events and engaging on social media.

Dealing with a bad boss – Hopefully, you will not have a hard time with any employer.  During your job search, look for any signs that may indicate a bad boss.  If you are able to land an informational interview or, better yet, a job interview, notice the tone and behavior of the interviewer.  Ask yourself if you would want to work for this person.

Interview let down – Whether it’s because of nerves or feeling unprepared, you might be worried that something will go wrong in the job interview.   Don’t think that way; instead, think positively.  In addition, do your homework ahead of time by learning more about the position you’ve applied for and the company itself.  If possible, get information on the interviewer and have a list of questions to ask him or her should the opportunity arise.

Negotiating salary – Getting to this point in your job search is probably a good sign.  Do some research to find out the average salary for the job you have applied for.  If you believe you are worth more than that number, make sure you can justify why by sharing previous accomplishments that can increase your value to a potential employer.

No matter your status as a job seeker, there may be some kind of fear that exists in your mind.  The key is learning how to overcome it.  Once you do, you will have the confidence necessary to secure the job you want.

William Frierson is a staff writer for CollegeRecruiter.com.

Source: The Career News

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