Procrastination in the Job Search

There are several reasons that people will put off a job search and a multitude of ways to delay the search! The job searcher may spend an inordinate amount of time polishing the resume and cover letter. Or they cannot pin down the type of position they are seeking, so they research every company and every possible position.

Beyond delaying the job search there are other issues that may cause those in search of a job to procrastinate. Two of the most common issues are fear and anxiety.

The job search is a journey into the unknown. And people everywhere fear the unknown – basic human nature. And when we don’t have a clear expectation of what is coming, we begin to see problems and fear these problems, even before they happen.

Fear of the Unknown

We fear rejection, but in a job search rejection allows us to polish our interviewing skills and improve.

We fear judgement, but only through applying and interviewing will we be able to assess the position for fit and know if it is a good match.


Anxiety is sometimes used as a synonym for fear, but it is actually different. Fears lead to anxiety, which is a psychological reaction that can negatively influence our daily lives. Prolonged anxiety can affect our physical and mental health.

To avoid anxiety, identify services that are available to you. Professional resume writers and career coaches can help with expertise that can alleviate anxiety if not erase it completely!

Just Start

The job search process is an unknown, but utilizing available services and expertise can be helpful. Also, just getting started – taking that first step – can be liberating and motivating. With each additional step, you gain confidence in your job search abilities.

These two stumbling blocks may not be affecting your job search, but being able to recognize them and move beyond their limiting forces will help you achieve your job and career goals much more easily.

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