Once you have crossed the threshold of “doors”, finding a new job could prove to be an undertaking … Remember the tragicomic scene of “Fantozzi retires”, in which the now elderly former accountant tries to put an end to boredom by finding a new job? Discouraged by the age restrictions in all job advertisements, he is reduced to forging his identity card and entering a contest in an unlikely young man’s disguise, complete with a tummy-tight corset, fake tan and hair dye. And the outcome, needless to say, is terrible.
When you are no longer young professionals fresh from training, the fear of staying on foot is legitimate, especially in a world crowded with fierce Millennials, perhaps more technologically savvy and willing to accept lower remuneration. And the higher the anxiety, the worse the performance. The more anxiety rises.
How to overcome the fear of not being able to find a new location?
Some useful advice comes from work psychology, and we could summarize it as follows: no panic! Showing signs of fear and despair will certainly not help you find new opportunities nor to make a good first impression.
Here, however, is some effective behavior to convince interviewers of their abilities and have a constructive and rewarding professional experience.
1. Trust yourself
Discouragement is legitimate, especially if you have been out of the loop for a while. But you should avoid transmitting anxiety and insecurity to those in front of you. On the contrary, responding with serenity and self-awareness to the interviewer’s questions helps to communicate trust. It would be better not to be worried, but if you really are, nothing prevents you from bluffing a bit.
2. Be reliable
In addition to trusting yourself, you’ll need to earn that one of the people who might choose you for a new job. In contexts dominated by stress, deadlines to be met, anxious not to lose a customer and so on, employers must be able to rely on reliable people, who do not hold back at the first difficulty. During an interview, highlight your seriousness and show sensitivity towards issues related to compliance with rules and agreements.
3. Don’t forget your reasons
At work, a bit like in love, whoever runs away wins? Let’s not exaggerate. But we shouldn’t even believe that being willing to do anything to be chosen is a winning strategy. Also because if you are too “available” – not to say desperate – you could lose your bargaining strength when it comes to establishing compensation, benefits and working conditions.
4. Think about the finish line and the intermediate stages
As he explains (in his essay Smart Change ) Art Markman, professor of psychology and marketing at the University of Texas at Austin, in job hunting can be a helpful focus on the process, rather than the result. This means thinking, yes, about your final career goal, but also and above all about the intermediate steps necessary to achieve it. A specialization course, a Master, a networking momentum. It also means focusing on the actions to be taken concretely, rather than on a generic status to be pursued.
How? Apply for positions that match your skills. Talk to friends and former colleagues to find out any open positions in companies they know of. Practice speaking, as if you are going through an interview. Don’t stop reading and informing yourself.
It doesn’t matter what your level of experience is or how long you have been looking for the right opportunity: the strategies useful for relaunching your career are the same. Focus on the final goal, but also value the moments of transition. Think in concrete terms, but don’t forget the attitude to observe during the interview. Keep your eyes peeled for opportunities, without overestimating – but not underestimating – the “digital natives”.