Career Advice

Are You Self-Sabotaging Your Job Hunt?

One Nice Job 18 November, 2019

Are you feeling like something odd is going on with your job hunt? Has it been far too long since you worked? Are you skint? In today’s economic climate in the UK, there’s no reason why an able-bodied person can’t get some kind of employment. If you’re still at home on the sofa while your mates are at work, there’s a chance you’re actually self-sabotaging your job hunt.

So Why Would You Self-Sabotage?

1. You may have subconscious anxieties about going back to work.

Especially if you’ve been unemployed for a while, it can feel a bit scary to be working around other people again. You may be just trying to avoid what you feel will be an awkward situation. But once you get back into it, you’ll start to feel comfortable before you know it. Most people start to get back in the old habit within a couple of days.

2. You might enjoy not working.

If you’re collecting the dole while unemployed, you’re probably reasonably comfortable. You’ve got food, a place to sleep, a telly and time to watch it. Maybe you enjoy the “vacation” from working. That’s okay. It’s possible you were very stressed at your last job and you needed this little break. But just realize that the status quo won’t help you in the long run. If you want to have a nice future, you’ve got to get back to work and take your rests in the evenings and weekends like everyone else.

3. You might feel guilty about being away from home.

Lots of young people help out their parents. If you’re not working, you probably see how much your ma and da can use your help around the house. Maybe one of your parents or grandparents is sickly and needs extra care. This could be a reason why you’re secretly not wanting to go back to work. The thing is, your loved ones want you to succeed in life. Putting your life on hold isn’t what they want for you. Consider asking an aunt or cousin to call on your loved one while you’re at work. That will help put your fears to rest.

Do any of these reasons sound familiar? If so, it’s time to realize the role you’re playing in your own unemployment. Face facts and start really trying to get hired. You can do it!