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How To Overcome 5 Common Fears for Job Seekers

Searching for a new job can be extremely daunting. The whole process can be time-consuming, technology may have changed from the last time you were searching, and you have to put yourself out there to potentially be rejected a few times.

You are not alone – almost every job seeker out there has at least one fear about looking for a new job. And when I think about it, that’s problematic. Finding a new job should be exciting! It shouldn’t have us all hiding beneath our beds, hoping a future employer will find us there.

That’s why we put together 5 of the most common fears job seekers have and how to overcome each one:

Having Someone Judge You


Often employers have a clear idea of the person they are looking to hire prior to seeing your name pop up on an application form. Before meeting anyone, employers already know what skills are needed to fill gaps in the organization and an idea of the personalities that could fit well into their office culture.


Yes, it may feel like employers are extra judgmental during an interview but it’s important not to take it personally. Do your research on the company before and during the application process so that you can confidently help them to bridge those gaps between you and the role they’re looking to fill.


Dealing with AI Technology


With technology evolving each day, it seems like almost every company out there is using some form of AI to aid them with their candidate pools. IMI isn’t any different, we use an AI – Rhonda, to help us manage our pipelines, engage with candidates in real-time, and to nurture employees throughout their career with us – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.


Every AI is different, and a lot are still in the development stages for organizations. As a job seeker, it can be challenging not to fall between the cracks. Before applying to an organization make sure to tailor your resume for the role they’re looking to fill, research some keywords and sprinkle as many of them as possible into your CV, and ALWAYS follow up with your application by calling or emailing the company directly if you haven’t heard back in 1-2 weeks.


Being Rejected


Rejection hurts. There is really no way around it. People want to feel like they belong and feel connected – the same goes for job seekers. The first step to overcoming rejection is accepting that this is a natural part of the job search process. When facing rejection, try and take it as a learning curve instead and use that experience towards your application with the next company.


Think back to what got your resume noticed in the first place and what questions were asked during the interview. Are there things you’d want to improve on or maybe some interview questions stand out that you wish you had answered a bit better? Practice makes progress and the important thing is to keep going forward. Makes notes for the next one and take this as a learning opportunity.


Fear of Underperforming 

“If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it.”


Change, in general, can be overwhelming and that’s all this fear is – unknown change. It’s natural to feel a bit anxious before starting a new job. You may question yourself and your abilities…


Give yourself more credit! Before you applied to the job, you researched the company, read and re-read the job description, and had a moment of realization that this job would be a good fit. Embrace the unexpected and run with it.

If you’ve been your authentic self throughout the application process and landed the job – take a deep breath because you ARE qualified for the position. Starting a new job – especially one that challenges you – can be scary, but there is a reason why YOU landed the job and you need to have faith in yourself.

Is the Grass Greener?


You’re not happy in the job you currently have and are concerned that if you go through the application process and get established in a new place – you’ll wind up hating this new job all the same.


A great way to ensure the grass is actually greener on the other side is to prepare questions for the employer before you walk into the interview. Ask them what a typical day is like, what would make a person successful in this position, questions about their office culture and ways you can look forward to growing in your position. If you get the right answers to your questions, you’ll be more confident that this is the job for you.



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