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What are the common job hunting worries?

How you feel about job-hunting will affect how you think and perform.

It will effect your physiology, how you are sitting or standing. It will impact your ability to think clearly and creatively.

So, say you’re writing your CV and you can identify with pictures A, B or C, then you’ll find it difficult to write a high impact account of your skills and achievements.

Test Your Mind-Body Link

To prove how much positive thinking affects your body and mind, try this quick exercise.

Sitting in a chair, say out loud the words “tired, weak, tired, weak, tired, weak…” As you keep repeating them, try to stand up. Notice how that felt.

Repeat the exercise, this time saying “powerful, strong, powerful, strong, powerful, strong…” Notice how you almost jump out of the chair.

So what was the difference? What you were thinking affected your performance. And that applies to any activity we undertake. If we expect to find it difficult, we will. If we expect to find it easy and to excel at it, we are more likely to succeed.

So if you write your CV (or worse still, go to a job interview) whilst feeling confused, frustrated and fed up, thinking that you’re not good enough for the job and not feeling confident, then it will reflect in what you say and will reduce your chances of getting the job.

What are the common job hunting worries?
What are the common worries when job hunting?

Which of the following job-hunting worries or fears do you have?

Let’s continue with Jude’s example:

- Fear of rejection

- Fear of being interviewed

- Worry about change, about leaving your comfort zone

- Worry about the competition in the selection process

- Believing you’re not good enough to get the job you want

- Worried about your boss finding out, before you’ve got a new job

What else are you worried about?


1. Worried they won’t want me after 7 years’ maternity leave

2. Scared I’m out of touch with the industry

3. What if I can’t arrange childcare?
4. How will I handle working with a large group of people again?
5. I haven’t written a CV for 10 years – where do I start?!!!
Look objectively at your worries. Imagine you could step outside yourself and give yourself impartial advice. What actions could you make to reduce your worries?


1. Lots of women return to work after long breaks. Find some friends who have done it and chat to them about their strategies.

2. I can get back in touch with the industry by checking out the latest websites and reading trade journals again.

3. What if I can’t arrange childcare?
Of course I can – start planning now.
4. It’ll be fun to work with a large group again. I just need to be myself.
5. CV??? There’s plenty of advice around – that’s bound to help me sort myself out.
If you don’t have any job hunting nerves, then you are lucky. Most people get stressed about looking for a new job – and it’s understandable.

Changing your employer is about breaking out of old routines and comfortable patterns. No matter how much we like or dislike our current position, it’s familiar and known. We know the culture, we know the systems, the people, we know our responsibilities and we know how things work.

Sometimes, if we don’t have a job, then every application seems like the last chance to get food on the table and prove our self-worth.

Thinking like this reduces our likelihood of success.

The good news is that the background work you have done in this and the subsequent steps will mean that:

  • you are much better prepared than other candidates for interview questions.
  • you will be more confident and relaxed on the day.
  • you will be applying only for positions that you actually want, which will shine through in your application.
  • so you will increase your likelihood of success.

The key to a great CV and job-winning interview is your confidence and self-belief. What we believe about our abilities either limits or empowers us. You need to reduce the power your worries have over you and be able to be enthusiastic about your achievements.

So What Can You Do About It?
Start by sitting up straight and smiling. Yes, smiling!

Scientists have proven that smiling and laughing for more than a few minutes sends signals to our brains to release the endorphins in our bodies that occur naturally when we are happy. It lifts our mood.

Then think about whether you would rather have peace and quiet to start preparing your job application, or whether you would like to play some of your favourite music. Do whatever you need to, to make sure you are feeling calm, confident and smiling. If you’re in a good mood, it will show, whether you’re making a research phone call or preparing for tricky interview questions.