Don’t Let Fear Influence Your Job Search
When stock exchanges are crashing and a potential recession looms, fear and insecurity can wreck havoc with rational decision making.
If you are anything like me, it is morosely easy to stare at the various depressing statistics and graphs and imagine that your life and career might be on the same trajectory.
Yesterday, a leading UK online fashion retailer’s shares dropped 40% and today they are apparently selling dresses for £5. Shocking stats such as this may soon be commonplace.
But they don’t have to be your stats.
Many of these indicators may well point to difficult times ahead, but just because some algorithm is short selling anything that moves, it doesn’t mean that you should sell yourself short. Mass hysteria is for the masses – it is your choice whether you want to join in.
You are the one in charge of your destiny, so leave the hand-wringing to others.
When it comes to matters such as looking for a job, decisions should never be made from any place other than rational contemplation. Desperation is the worst possible motivator. Fear has no place lurking behind your responses in that interview room. The market has no power over what you are going to do next.
Keep calm and think: “Where am I? Where would I like to be?”
If you centre your job search around your needs rather than trying to second guess the madness swirling around you, you will be far more likely to succeed. Just because Funeral Directors do well in recessions, it doesn’t mean that you should become one.
However, when former colleagues are starting to walk out of the building with their belongings in cardboard boxes, becoming a Funeral Director suddenly doesn’t seem so bad.
That is what fear does to you.
So, if you are currently thinking about a new move (or if you think that you may be forced into one at some point), don’t be intimidated into accepting anything less than the best for yourself. You have more time than you think, and you probably have more options than you think. Your next move may not be a linear one, and it may well involve a change in activity, but it doesn’t necessarily need to have a detrimental impact on your longer-term career.
Contemplating a job search at the start of a downturn can be daunting, but as long as you are driven by thoughts of positive change rather than fear, you will find the best possible option. Yes, it could take longer than you might like, but you have to take responsibility for your life and fight for what you deserve.
Accepting second best and blaming it on “the recession” is easy, but it doesn’t have to be that way.
Leave fear to the algorithms.