Conquer Your Job Search Fears

Nov 7, 2014 2:55 PM ET

Conquer Your Job Search Fears

Let’s face it – searching for jobs can be stressful. For many people, the fear of finding a job – or landing someplace that will be bad – can be crippling. Parade recently featured an article about the top 5 Job Search Fears. Heather Huhman provides some interesting insights into how to conquer those job search blues. She points out that by understanding your fears and learning how to face them, you’ll become a smarter job seeker and discover more opportunities.

Here are some highlights from her article. Enjoy.

Fear #1: Not finding a job, period.

How to conquer: Instead of worrying about not finding a job, focus on the different ways you can improve your job search. Take a look at your current job search process and determine areas of improvement. You might be surprised at the different ways you can turn your job search around.

For example, if you haven’t secured a single job interview, you might consider networking with employees who work for companies you want to work for. By creating some inside connections with an employer, you’ll have a better chance of landing a job interview.

Another thing you can do today is to create a profile on 1stGig – a new recruiting site that makes helps you make connections with companies seeking new employees. When there’s a solid match, you are in control of whether the company and job would be a good fit for you. Check it out.

Fear #2. Working in a job that doesn’t require a degree. This is a fear that many recent college graduates face. In fact, a new CareerBuilder study revealed more than half of 2014 graduates are working jobs that don’t require a college degree.

How to conquer: If you’re stuck working a job that doesn’t require a college degree, it’s essential to continue with your job search. Attend networking events, connect with recruiters on LinkedIn, and set up informational interviews. By focusing on building industry connections, you’ll likely find more opportunities related to your degree.

Fear #3. Working for a terrible boss. Another common fear job seekers face is working for a terrible boss. In fact, one out of five workers have had a bad boss.

How to conquer: As you look for jobs, avoid accepting a job where you’ll work for a terrible manager. To help you spot a bad boss, there are a number of things you can do. First, when you enter the job interview, pay attention to the manager’s body language and the type of questions they ask you. It’s also important to take a close look at your surroundings and what the manager’s office looks like. If the manager asks inappropriate questions or the workplace feels uncomfortable, you might want to reconsider the opportunity.

Fear #4. Failing in the interview. Research shows 92 percent of Americans fear something about job interviews. Whether it’s being too nervous or not preparing enough for the interview, job seekers fear interviews.

How to conquer: Before any job interview, research the company, find out who you’ll interview with, and prepare a list of accomplishments to share with the employer. It’s also important to create questions to ask the interviewer and plan to show up at least 10 minutes early. By following these tips, you’ll feel more prepared for your interview.

Fear #5. Salary negotiation. Many job seekers don’t realize the importance of salary negotiation during the interview process. In fact, only 45 percent of job seekers ages 18 to 34 have negotiated their salary.

How to conquer: When negotiating your salary or a job offer, it’s important to know your value as a professional. Use tools like Glassdoor to search salaries in your industry for similar positions and see if the job offer matches up. If you choose to negotiate your salary, be sure to bring a list of accomplishments that illustrate to the employer why you’re worth the higher salary.