5 Reasons You're Nervous About a New Job

Mila Krauft | january 14, 2023

1. You're Scared to Leave Your Current Employer Hanging

Nervous about a new job? That's OK. For most job seekers, the phrase "new job" is exciting because it signals opportunities to learn new skills, expand your network, and build your resume. But change can also be intimidating. If you're scared of a new job, you're not alone. New-job anxiety is common but conquerable. Certain parts of the job search process can be more terrifying than things that go bump in the night. According to a Monster poll, the majority (38%) of U.S. respondents said they were most afraid of interviewing, while 33% might not even make it that far because they're scared their resume might go "into a black hole on the Internet" when applying to jobs. Other fears come toward the end of the job search process, which includes negotiating salary (16%) and being turned down for a job offer (13%). Plus, what if you get a new job and you hate it? So while job search fear is a real thing for many people, you can't let it crush your career. If you find you're so nervous about a new job that you're having a hard time getting your wheels in motion to start your job search, it might be time to confront your fears. After all, time doesn't move in reverse. Why spend so much time feeling unfulfilled, unchallenged, underpaid, and unappreciated? Read on for five reasons you might be scared to get a job, along with some ideas for how to overcome your fears.

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