Career Advice

How To Confront Job Search Fears

187674565In’s recent article on why you can’t find a job and what you can do about it, Tony Beshara poignantly points out job searchers’ impediments to progress. His tips are must-reads.  For example, he says most job seekers “don’t know what to do,” and while some might have a vague idea about writing a resume, most don’t know how to compose an effective resume that lands an interview.

Further, Beshara pragmatically walks job seekers through four steps to seize control of the process. You can read the full post, here.

In addition to Beshara’s pithy advice, three more gateways to your new job come to mind:

1. Accept and act upon support, from (most) anyone who offers, and in particular those who are professionals in the careers industry. As career coach Mary Wilson shared, “People often do not want to do any work in connection with an offer of help.” As an example, continued Wilson, “A friend recently asked me if I could provide a professional critique of her friend’s resume. I agreed, looked at the resume and contacted the person for answers to some questions so that I could provide the most effective recommendations. Never heard back.”

Don’t let this be you. While it may be human nature to dismiss or lazily ignore free offers, doing so has reverberating effects. Not only is it a missed opportunity that likely could help boost your job search to a new level (resumes are the heartbeat of job search conversations and done poorly, will derail best efforts), but when a friend (or in this case, a friend’s friend) expends resources, time and energy to make a connection with you, it is rude not to follow through. Eroding relationship bridges is not the best strategy for landing a new job.

2. When you ask someone for their professional advice, respect it. Whether you agree—or disagree—you asked for their input, so graciously thank them and then move on. Nothing says you must incorporate their suggestion into your job search. However, if you find even one nugget of value in the advice, implement it immediately. If you are unsure of the value, or simply are fearful of acting upon it because it is out of your comfort zone, do it anyway. In many cases, an outside perspective is invaluable and will make an impact on speeding up your search efforts.

3. Speaking of disrupting your comfort zone, do it daily. Whether it’s making one phone call to a networking contact or hiring decision maker, or attending an industry association luncheon where every face is unfamiliar, do it. In fact, getting uncomfortable, daily, should also include activities other than job-search, such as pumping iron at the gym. It is amazing what working out can do for your focus, confidence and decision-making abilities, which directly impacts a successful job search.

Above all else, remember, action is a balm to fears. In job search, you must be acting, daily, to press through your fears and to achieve your goals. With just a single right-fit offer, you will cross the job search finish line