Searching for a job can be a tough, confidence-crushing journey, hampered by rejections and dead ends. It’s enough to take a toll on even the most thick-skinned candidates.
Yet, the right level of confidence is critical to enhance your image, communicate effectively, and sell yourself to potential employers without being pompous. (Yes, there are people who come across as too confident, which portrays the image of being cocky or difficult to work with.)
The Cost of Low Confidence
Too little confidence during your job search can be crippling, both financially and emotionally. If your confidence is low, you:
- May not be comfortable introducing yourself to others. This translates to lost networking opportunities and not meeting people who could potentially help you.
- Won’t present your best image.
- May rule yourself over or underqualified, so you don’t follow up on opportunities.
- Are less likely to negotiate.
- May settle for the first opportunity that comes your way because you think it may be your only one. As a result, you could wind up miserable and looking for another position before long.
To boost your confidence to a healthy level while job hunting, remember that you’re not alone on this journey. Reach out to others, and at the same time, take care of yourself.
- Don’t do it alone. There are numerous groups available for job hunters, both on and off line. Another idea is to find a job search partner with whom you can share coffee, vent, and in essence, create an accountability and support system.
- Research has repeatedly shown that doing volunteer work has a positive impact on health, self-esteem and general well-being. If you’re already a volunteer or have strong community involvement, consider taking on a bigger role. Your interaction and contributions will reinforce the diversity of your skills and experience. Plus, you’ll continue to widen your network of connections.
- Keep things in perspective. Whether or not you are qualified for a job is not the only variable in your search. There are hiring managers, other candidates, organizational politics and even timing, any or all of which may impact a decision.
- Eat sensibly, get enough rest, and exercise. It’s been proven time and again that a supportive diet, rest and exercise help to maintain energy, positive self-image and health, and abate depression. To look and perform your best, you need to feel your best.
- Practice positive self-talk. When something in your job search doesn’t go as planned, it’s easy to spiral into negative thinking patterns. Be aware of these patterns so you can avoid dwelling in extended periods of negativity. Shift your pattern and begin practicing positive self-talk. For example, rather than asking yourself, “How could I have given such a dumb answer to that interview question?” instead acknowledge that “that was a challenging question that I didn’t see coming. But, I did answer most of the other questions well, and next time this one comes my way, I’ll be much more prepared.”
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