Happy Halloween! Today is about all of the creatures that instill fear in our minds, right? Well, some may argue that the scariest thing of all is having to find a job. If you’re a little spooked and still searching, it’s time to face your fears, ladies and gentleman! In light of Halloween, we put together some tips on job search terrors:

Fear of Providing an Unsatisfactory Resume

Is it just me or do you wish that you could snap your fingers and – HOCUS POCUS – you have the perfect resume? During a job search, the feeling that your resume will not fit the criteria of a hiring manager or fall short compared to others is all too common. According to Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder, “If crafted well, your resume is one of the most valuable marketing tools you have. In a matter of seconds, it can make or break your chances of moving along the hiring journey with a company. That’s why it’s important to be proactive with your resume and avoid embellishments or mistakes.” In short, be proactive about your resume! If you’ve begun crafting it already, go through it thoroughly to check for mistakes. Also, make sure every piece of information is up-to-date and accurate!

Fear of the Competitive Workforce

Did you know that, on average, every corporate job opening attracts 250 resumes, but only 4 to 6 candidates will be called for an interview? If that statistic scares you as much as much as all the ghosts and ghouls walking around today, I don’t blame you! Fortunately, there are ways to prepare for the competitive and scary workforce. For example, focus on expanding your network! The more meaningful connections you have online and offline, the better chance you have of learning about a job opportunity through someone you know. LinkedIn is a great source to build connections and look for job opportunities. Make sure to provide meaningful content on your LinkedIn page because this will make it easier to connect with individuals in your specific industry! No need to let the competitiveness of a job search give you the heebie jeebies!

Fear of Underselling Yourself 

There’s so much hype about how to properly sell yourself to a potential employer. How do you create a position ahead of others to land the job? Ever hear of Michael Meyers AKA, the scary man from the classic horror movie, Halloween? Well, he definitely didn’t care about how he sold himself to others. In fact, he wore a mask, didn’t talk and killed a lot of people. Don’t be like Michael Meyers! Instead, be polite, speak clearly, show off your great personality and don’t kill people! Just like your resume, the way you brand yourself during a conversation could have a tremendous impact on landing your next job. Prior to an interview, pinpoint your key achievements, goals and quality skills to talk about!

Fear of Change

Change is frightening. In the movie IT, Pennywise (the evil creepy clown who hunts kids) feeds off of fear. He identifies the root of the fear and builds on it until his victims finally decide fight back. The job search lesson to learn from Pennywise is to embrace the fear of change. It may seem daunting to change career paths or start a career, but having a positive and strong mindset will make it easier! Think of all the great things that come with a fresh start – new responsibilities, new co-workers and new opportunities!

Who knew that horror movies could teach us so many lessons about job searching? During your job search, think back on all the lessons that these creepy characters have taught us! If you have a favorite scary movie that ties to a job search lesson, please share below: