How Fear Can Effect Your Job Hunting

Fear is a terrible thing. Whether it’s the fear of mounting debts, the fear of losing someone we love or the fear of not being able to find a new job after having to leave a previous one. To properly overcome fear it is important to understand exactly what fear does, only then can you overcome it.

The Fear Of The Interview

Some people actually enjoy interviews, there can’t be many of them, because the prospect of an interview in a place you really want to work can absolutely terrify people. The fear can leave a sinking pit in your stomach, full of anxiety and dread.

All jobs require an interview, so if you ever want to work again you need to actively try to get over your fear, if you’re not willing to try to overcome it then what’s the point in even trying? First, you need to remember the whole thing is critical, it’s nothing personal or aimed at you.

Just try to relax and take it all in your stride. The best way of thinking is remembering the mantra of what’s the worst that can happen? If you don’t get the job, move on. Thinking like this tends to remove some of the severity from the situation.

If you’re super scared, keep trying to smile, smiling itself makes us feel better inside, it also projects a look of confidence that can aid you in the interview and help overcome the fear of failure.20131110_interviewfear

The Fear That You Won’t Get A Job

Many people simply feel they won’t get any kind of job, so what’s the point in looking? The self depreciating negativity can go a long way in ruining your life, but all you have to do to get around it is apply. Just apply. If you don’t get a job move on and apply for the next one.

You can even do it from the comfort of your own room. Don’t be put off by a company’s criteria on their website, it is sometimes a mirror of their dream candidate, but if you wow at interview you can be put through to the next stage, so why not just apply? Again, what’s the worst that can happen.


Literally meaning fear of work, ergophobia is a deep anxiety concerning all work related activities, to the point where they cannot work through fear of social interaction or due to their performance issues. It’s a genuine fear, and one that can cause problems in the household due to stretched finances.

However, nothing is going to get better unless you seek proper professional help. You can be coached to overcome your ergophobia, which can have wider sociological implications. It’s only going to benefit you if you try to heal yourself.

There are even schemes of work aimed at helping people with difficulties get into work. You can try going part-time, doing minimum hours like twelve a week, just to see how you do and develop, this can give you the confidence to try bigger and better things.

This post has been contributed by Ryan Gatt, it may contain affiliate links.

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