The media constantly barrages us with stories about how terrible and competitive the job market is. Unemployment is up, retirees are coming back to the workforce, and many companies are holding off on hiring. All of the negativity that you hear on the news makes it easy for college students and recent grads to be afraid.
But fear will - without a doubt - keep you from getting the next job if you let it. If you don’t push that fear aside, despite being highly qualified, then you could lose the job opportunity to less qualified individuals simply because they're more confident.
Plan For What's Next
You've seen it in the horror movies: someone becomes so paralyzed by fear that they basically let themselves become a victim. The same thing can happen with a job search if you let it, like not applying for a great job simply because you assume that competition will be fierce that you will most likely not get it.
A good way to combat this is to have a plan in place when it comes to your job search. Having achievable goals, such as sending out so many applications per day, helps build confidence and creates a sense of momentum.
Don’t Be Afraid of Branching Out
One of the best ways to get around fear in your industry is to look at what is working - don't focus on what isn't. Instead of focusing on the negative, look for opportunities in your industry or vertical where you could improve yourself and your opportunities to succeed. This means looking at jobs that you may not have originally been considering but still have the necessary skills.
Hold a Light in Times of Darkness
When you need reassurance and career advice, consider FirstJob. FirstJob works with college graduates and workers to help them move their careers forward and grow even in tough economic times.