Things You Need to Stop Worrying about When You’re Applying for a Job

Applying for a JobMost of us spend too much time worrying whether we’re good enough when we apply for jobs. For example, some of us lack sufficient formal education and wonder if this will prevent us from getting hired. Lately, however, more and more companies don’t care anymore about an applicant’s education. It makes perfect sense; useful, practical learning usually occurs inside the workplace. That’s why more and more companies and employers continue to hire candidates with little regard for their educational background. This could be good news for you, and a reason to quit worrying about it.


Beyond this, here are a few other things you need not worry about when you’re applying or searching for a job:

  • Vague Work History

Since the hiring process nowadays is quite fragmented, candidates who have a vague career history can stop worrying so much about this. Hundreds of resumes are being sent to companies, and these companies end up receiving a myriad of resumes for one specific job position. Because of this, they use applicant tracking computers instead of people to sort through resumes.

The point is that companies are now looking for ways to avoid hiring through work history. Many companies are now fascinated with the idea of hiring people based on referrals because that is cheaper and so much better. They now focus on what the candidate is able to do rather than what the candidate did in his or her previous jobs.

  • Bad Grades

People who feel like they are doing something useful and valuable are usually the happier ones. It’s time for you to discard the idea that bad grades are the cause of your unemployment. Many companies nowadays couldn’t care less about your GPA or your SAT scores. They care about what you’re capable of and what you’re ready to offer; grades are not the basis anymore.

  • Lack of a Portfolio

Let’s say you want to be a designer or a writer but you don’t have any portfolio, or maybe you have one but it looks so bad that you don’t want anyone to see it... Do you have to worry about this? No. Having no portfolio or not wanting to show your portfolio is okay. You don’t have to be anxious about it.

Still, having a portfolio is still a plus when applying for a job. So how do you deal with that? Say hello to the Internet! Make a blog or a web page for your work. After all, the Internet is accessible to just about everybody.

  • Poor Communication Skills

If you suck at writing, focus on speaking. If you’re bad at speaking, concentrate on writing. If you are a poor writer and at the same time a poor speaker, be visual. In this day and age, people are drawn to infographics. Newspapers are currently investing lots of money to have visual information designers on staff.

Find out what you’re good at and focus on that skill. As long as you’re exceptional in at least one field, you have the chance to excel and be the first choice of any employer.

  • Reading Blogs

Reading blogs is a great way to pick up new ideas and make yourself a stronger job candidate. It’s never a waste of time to read an informative blog. After all, reading blogs and other good reads on the Internet won’t hinder your ability to be productive (unless, of course, you really spend too much time surfing the World Wide Web and totally forgetting what you have to accomplish for the day).

It’s okay to spend time reading good things on the Internet. Read blogs, many blogs—that’s one way to get new ideas. Plus, it will take your mind off of your employment troubles.

The main idea here is that worrying will get you nowhere in your job search. Instead, educate yourself and take action. Then you’ll be closer to finding a job and putting an end to your employment worries.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 80,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.