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Do you find yourself paralyzed with fear over searching for a job? Does the thought of interviewing make your palms sweaty? This spooky season, learn to identify the top three major fears when it comes to your job search, and learn how to overcome them so you can enter your job search with confidence. 

Common Job Search Fears

Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is a psychological pattern of doubting your abilities and having feelings of inadequacy, or feeling like a fraud. This can be especially relevant in the job search process. Maybe you are looking for a career advancement, but feel like your current experience doesn’t measure up. Maybe you are a transitioning military member or veteran, and have feelings of inadequacy about succeeding in the civilian workplace. Whatever the case, imposter syndrome can cause you to shy away from positions that you are a perfect fit, or not even apply at all. 

Scared of Change

For many job seekers, especially those who are currently employed, it can be scary and stressful to face the unknown in a new position. There is also the risk that you will be unhappier in your new position than the one that you just left, which can be particularly demoralizing, especially after the effort that goes into finding a new job. The grass may not always be greener on the other side!


Searching for a job can be very time consuming, and can be seen as a daunting and overwhelming task. Perhaps you feel guilty if you don’t spend every minute of your day searching for a job, or the thought of spending even a little time fills you with dread. 

How to Overcome Job Search Fears

Write Down Your Accomplishments

To avoid imposter syndrome, or feelings of inadequacy, take some time to write down what you have accomplished in your career. Even small victories should be celebrated! This will help you to take a look at the bigger picture of your career, and instill confidence that you do measure up. 

Ask About Company Culture

If you’re worried about accepting a position that you will immediately regret, ask the employer pointed questions during the interview about workplace culture, job responsibilities, and other questions that will help you glean what a typical day looks like in that company in that role. This will help you to determine if you will be happy with this particular company and position.

Schedule Your Time

While the job hunt can be a time suck, it doesn’t have to be. Schedule your job search time and be intentional with the process. Create a list of goals and tasks, and work through a smaller to-do list to get through each day. Your job search will be much more manageable and not as overwhelming.

The Orion team is poised to help you conquer these job search fears. We are here to help with all aspects of the job search process, from interview preparation, resume assistance, and more. If you are looking for a job, register to get connected with one of our Recruiters today.