When I was very young I once told my father that I was afraid of things in general. His response was, “Honey, we are all scared.” I was surprised to hear that response from a battle-hardened trial lawyer like him, but I was also gratified to know that people of all ages have substantial, generalized fears. Thus, it is understandable that anyone looking for a job falls into that universal category.
Adding to the problem can be a lack of having adequate tools for the task of landing a good position, starting with a well written résumé and cover letter. As every Boy Scout is taught, being prepared is of the highest value. When you are prepared you can dissipate much of your fear because you will feel more confident in having done all you can to be ready for your next challenge.
Most people have ridden a bicycle at some time in their lives. A mortgage broker friend of mine, Evelyn Freitas Rogerson, has done a lot of long-distance cycling. She tells me that when she is faced with pedaling up a hill after being on a flat road for a while is often deceiving. Her anticipation of the effort required to get up the hill usually balloons out of proportion in her own mind. Inevitably, she finds the hill less agonizing in reality to conquer, and, of course, she feels triumphant when she reaches the summit. So it is with preparing your documents that market you for the job search, your résumé, cover letters, post-interview thank you notes and professional references list. When you are prepared for your job search you feel more confident. Your writing, or what you and I write about you, represents you, and you want to be well represented. Take what was your fear and turn it into excitement.