5 reasons you’re afraid to get a new job For most job seekers, the phrase “new job” is exciting because it signals opportunities to learn new skills, expand your network, and build your resume. But change can also be intimidating. If you're scared to get a job, you're not alone. Certain parts of the job search process can be more terrifying than things that go bump in the night. Read on for five reasons you might be scared to get a job, along with some ideas for how to overcome your new-job anxiety.