We’re assaulted with nonstop bad news. Our unbreakable attachment to social media and the dramatization of news by the mass media feeds us horror stories of school shootings, random acts of violence, wildfires destroying homes and lives, hurricanes and floods, bitter partisan political arguments that rip friends and family apart, the stock market falling and uncertainty for the economy and job market. And this is just a generalization, which is beyond scary. We also worry about our own personal lives. It’s hard to stay positive and optimistic in the face of the onslaught of negative news. It’s even tougher if you have a predisposition toward being anxious and are easily stressed out.
When it comes to seeking a new job or advancing in your career, it is a stressful situation (even for the most mentally strong who possess a healthy dose of confidence). If you are average or a little below on the self-confidence meter, then it’s even tougher. If you have to deal with anxiety and stress and tend to opt out of searching for a job or pursuing new opportunities, I’d like to share some advice with you before you give up. A good deal of my research comes from speaking with hiring managers and job seekers on a daily basis for over two decades. Talking with and listening to 25 to 30 people per day offers a unique insight to the insecurities of people and what they do to overcome it.