Managing the Emotional Roller Coaster of Job Search: Conquering Fear

man-holding-headWhat negative thoughts loom across your mind when you are in the middle of a job search? Fear is a natural emotion that surfaces during job search.

First, let’s take a quick look at the circumstances that can evoke fear when you are in the middle of a job search.

  • You want to pursue better career opportunities and achieve professional growth
  • You want to change your career direction
  • You were laid off because of company economic difficulties, restructuring or industry downturn
  • Your company’s growth prospects are poor
  • You were fired by a volatile boss

Whatever the reason you are job searching, it can be very stressful. Fear is a basic element in human experiences and can set you on an emotional roller coaster.

  • Fear is what clouds your perception.
  • Fear is what impedes your judgment.
  • Fear is what keeps you from being in touch with your intuition.

Steps for overcoming fears:

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Louise Garver

Louise Garver

Louise Garver, part of ExecuNet's team of Coaches and Career Strategists, is a career industry expert for executives, has a successful 30-year history as an Executive Coach, Resume Writer, Branding and Job Search Strategist, with recruitment and corporate management experience along with 13 career-related certifications, a master's degree and post-graduate certification in career counseling. Executives work with her to capture their brand message and clearly, consistently and effectively communicate it in their career documents and communications. Louise is co-author of Win Interviews! The New Must-Have Game Plan and her work is featured in over 20 career publications.

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