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Health Hires: Are You Afraid to Reach Your Full Potential at Work?

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March 27, 2015

Now that you’ve landed your dream job, are you maximizing your opportunities? Just because we get hired doesn’t mean we feel at ease. Many factors contribute to unease in the workplace: difficult coworkers, fear of having ideas rejected, reluctance to take risks, potential for punishment. Does this describe you? We have a few ideas to help you overcome your fears and walk through your office with head held high.

1. Fake it till you make it. Even when you don’t feel confident you can still act that way. People equate confidence with success. Don’t think you have the guts to pull it off? Try taking an acting class or public speaking lessons.

2. You are your best advocate. Are you worried about asking for a raise? Don’t be. Sit down and write out your accomplishments. Be specific. Discuss your potential for future contributions. Then go talk to your boss.

3. Nobody’s perfect. You won’t know everything right away. That’s perfectly normal. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask questions. Make suggestions.

4. Find a mentor. Look for someone you admire, that is where you want to be career wise. Approach them and start the conversation. Think about what you might be able to offer in return for their advice and guidance. Perhaps they need assistance with research or social media. The potential rewards of the relationship are endless.

5. Turn your fears into challenges. It’s difficult, we know. Don’t back down when an obstacle presents itself. Push through and try and tackle it. Even if you don’t succeed you’ll feel better for making the effort. Your coworkers will view you as someone who tries.

What holds you back in your office? Do you have an ongoing challenge with one of your coworkers? Let us know.

And of course, check out our latest postings at Health Hires:

These are just a few of the opportunities currently posted on our jobs board. Visit the Health Hires jobs board at The Lund to see the full list of jobs, internships and volunteer positions currently available. Jobseekers browse for free, and employers reach over 20,000 readers for very competitive rates.

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