The prospect of looking for a “new job” is exciting because it brings opportunities to learn new skills, build your network, and strengthen your CV. But change can also be scary, especially if you haven’t been thinking about a new job up until now.
Whatever your desire for a new job, there are many reasons that might stop you from seeking, including:
- Fear of leaving your comfort zone
- Fear of the unknown
- Fear of not being good enough
- Fear of rejection
- Fear of interview
- Fear that you can’t compete with the competition
Don’t let your fears get the better of you. Fear, in all its forms, is the single biggest factor standing between where you are and getting to where you want to be.
Here are some tips to help you overcome your fears and to help you to move to the next stage in your career.
- Face you fear
It’s frustrating, but an important first step is to recognise that the fear is there. Facing your fears is about being true to yourself. Once you identify what the stumbling block is, you’ll be better equipped to face it.
By conquering your fears, you will grow and gain new skills. This will help you become more confident, realise your full potential and ultimately help you progress further in your career towards your goals.
“Thinking will not overcome fear, but action will.” ~ W. Clement Stone
- Stay positive
Don’t let your thoughts and emotions run away by over thinking. This will only heighten your fear to the point that you might feel unable to do anything. Fear is only a negative thing if you believe that it is. Instead, stay positive, believe in yourself, and go after what you want. Success will eventually come!
- Take the risk
You have nothing to lose by applying! If you don’t send in your application, you will never have the opportunity to perhaps land your dream job! Whatever the outcome of taking the risk, it will be a learning process – so stretch your boundaries!
- Finally…..Never, ever give up!
Fear is scary. It is designed to stop us in our tracks and prevent us from moving forward. Now is the perfect time to act. Determine what’s holding you back from searching and address it head on. Good luck!