Job search fear. It’s more common than people think. Someone I know has been wanting to look for a job for years. But the mere thought of trying raises fears of all she is lacking. And how badly it would probably go. (Spoiler alert: She was wrong — despite all her strong doubts and fears.)
Over the years she’s actually convinced herself it’s not even worth trying. And so she just makes the best out of a job she’s long outgrown — one that doesn’t appreciate her anymore.
But fear lurks within all of us — especially when it comes to change. And it’s great at creating all kinds of reasons to just let things stay as they are. Here are just a few of the less-than-helpful thoughts that began circling for her:
- She’s too old.
- Too few up-to-date skills.
- How can she compete with people more skilled than she is?
- Why would anyone want to hire her anyway?