Your current job is making you miserable. There is limited or no room to grow and the pay stinks; it’s time to make a change. Becoming a recruiter is a great opportunity to make a lot of money while also making a huge impact in people’s lives.

But one thing is holding you back from changing your career—fear.

So, what are people so afraid of? The majority, according to a poll by Monster in 2018, was afraid of the interview process. Interviews take practice. But put in some effort and you can ace them. Others feared their resumes being lost during the application process, negotiating a salary, and being turned down.

These things are real; I won’t lie. But they’re not reasons to stop trying to find your dream job. People are also scared of switching careers because of:

  • Fear of success: For many people, finding success means making changes from what is familiar. However, it’s not only about transformation. Success comes with the responsibility of sustaining it and, when there are many unknowns, this can be kind of scary. Success also requires hard work.
  • Fear of failure: A fear of failing or being exposed as incompetent or a fraud can restrict you. You may suffer from imposter syndrome, in which you fear being found out as unqualified for your job. Self-doubt is a powerful adversary, but you may already possess desirable skills and can learn new ones.
  • Not finding your passion: You start looking internally and at the job market. Your fear is you may not find something you love or don’t have the skills or talents for it. Pushing through your anxiety isn’t going to help learn new skills, but recruiters do more than find people jobs. They can offer access to resources that help expand your options.
  • Your identity is tied to your job: You may be so identified with your job title, company, and industry there’s nowhere else to look for your self-worth. A transition in identity can be quite nerve-wracking. Know yourself and what you want, and remind yourself you are defined by skills, personal qualities, and interests beyond your current job.
  • Am I going to hate my new job?: If you’re miserable at your current job, it’s natural to wonder if things could be worse. There’s always something better out there. Many positions involve working long hours and dealing with tough bosses, but others don’t, and you can even try starting your own business. Informational interviews, networking with employees at other companies, and researching company perks can help discredit some of your fears.
  • Loss of money: Money is often considered the measure of success. It’s not the only factor, but not being able to afford your bills, daily necessities, and enjoyments is serious. Instead of giving in, evaluate your current finances and look for more lucrative opportunities.
  • Being new on the job is terrifying: It probably won’t be as bad as you think. Your current job may come with a predictable routine and familiar faces. Step out of your comfort zone, meet new people, and join new groups. The more you do, the more comfortable you’ll be stepping out on your own as, for example, a tech recruiter.

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Our Recruiting Bootcamp e-Course covers everything you need to know about becoming a recruiter. If you’re thinking about switching careers, sign up today. I can help you find as much success as I have, so make the jump or contact me online with any questions or comments you may have.