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How To Get Past Your Job Search Fears

How To Get Past Your Job Search Fears

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“There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

Related: The 5-Step Approach To A Successful Job Search

Establishing yourself in the workplace or beginning the hunt for a new job is probably one of the scariest things you can ever do. Most people express a great deal of fear when faced with new opportunities. But it’s time to get past your job search fears once and for all!

Finding a new opportunity can be one of the most powerful and rewarding experiences. We grow the most when we overcome things we fear, and can learn new things about ourselves that can add dimension and depth to our character as well as our understanding of the world.

Someone once told me change is the most terrifying when we actually desire or need it the most. This, in turn, can make us feel like we are standing on the edge of a precipice; uncertain as to whether we can make that leap of faith or not.

Understanding the building blocks of your career management strategy will help you become a smarter and wiser job seeker, and ultimately help you overcome the very fears that could be holding you back.

Fear is real. And what we are really scared of is the failure of our actions. Life’s lessons will tell you there never is a guarantee for success in any decision you make. It always comes down to a series of calculated risks and educated guesses… nothing more and nothing less. Sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose. It’s the risk we take, and the fear comes from the uncertainty from the lack of any kind of guarantee.

Being conscious of your value in the workplace and responding to opportunities that come along can help you conquer most of those job search fears.

This post was originally published on an earlier date.

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Dawn Rasmussen Dawn Rasmussen is president of Portland, Oregon-based Pathfinder Writing and Career Services, which provides resume, cover letter, and job searching assistance.