Building confidence in job seeking is a necessary exercise for many of us. If self-confidence does not come naturally, building it up takes deliberate, conscious effort. While no step-by-step programme is perfect, the following steps may help you building confidence in job seeking.
Make a list of your goals, long and short term, and then below each goal write the steps it will take to get there. It is crucial that you write them down and constantly read them. So if one of your goals is to manage a team of designers, your list might look like this:
Design team manager
- Ensure relevant job knowledge, skills and experience are recorded
- Map knowledge, skills and experience with job description
- Develop knowledge or skills to exceed job description
- Identify relevant contacts and nurture relationships to signpost job opportunities
- Make application for design team manager job
Wherever you are in your job seeking activities, writing your goals and their necessary steps can make those goals much less formidable and much more doable. That alone will help you building confidence in job seeking.
While it’s good to have aspirations toward self-improvement, constantly comparing yourself to the best of the best in your realm can get discouraging. For example, if you’d like to manage a team, you might be inspired by one of your friends who appears to do this effortlessly. Being inspired by them is fine, but beating yourself up because you are not exactly like they are – or how they appear to be – could discourage you. So be proud to be you – the best you that you can be!
When you are just about certain you are going to fail before you try something, you are more likely to fail when you do try it. This is known as a self-fulfilling prophesy. If you have a negative self-image and think you just can’t achieve anything, it’s likely that you won’t. This under-scores a false impression about yourself. Stop listening to the negative inner voice and instead tell yourself that you can achieve your goals. And, even if you fail, it’s not because you are a bad person or because you didn’t try.
Get to know yourself
This means spending some quiet time thinking or writing in your notebook. Take some quiet time by yourself in which you assess your strengths, weaknesses, and personality. What are your character traits? What quirks and talents do you have? Pretend you are being interviewed and that the interviewer is trying to get to know you. What questions would they ask? How would you respond?
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