You could have all the skills and experience in the world, but if you can’t “sell yourself” in person your track record won’t take you very far. More than anything else, your confidence needs to back up your success. In order for your future employers to believe in you, you have to believe in yourself.
In this day and age that can be increasingly difficult, but selling yourself short can even harm your chances of job success. That’s why we put together a few top tips to help you boost your confidence and increase your chances of getting that dream job.
Who are you? What do you do successfully?
Make a list of the things you know you do well and provide examples to back it up. It’s not a bad thing to celebrate the great things about you and remind yourself of those things when self-doubt starts creeping in. It’s also a good idea to ask others to give examples of what you do well - not only do compliments feel great, your friends and family might have noticed impressive things about you that you hadn’t realised yet!
Know your weaknesses too.
Yes - you read that right! Knowing your weaknesses is as equally important as knowing your strengths.
Being honest about what you don’t do so well, without putting yourself down, is a critical way to boost your confidence. You can’t improve and grow if you don’t know what you need to improve! Highlight your areas of weakness by thinking about what you enjoyed least or struggled with in previous roles, and then identify how you can improve these weaknesses. Your confidence will soar once you see yourself improving!
Treat yourself how you treat others
We know that we should treat others how we expect to be treated, but could it be the case that your kindness to other people doesn’t extend to yourself? Our blog post on “Well-being in the workplace” gives you a range of tips that can help you practice the best possible self-care for working in a busy, fast paced environment.
Feeling physically great about yourself will boost your confidence and help you start each day the right way.
Keep an open mind when it comes to your options.
Having your heart set on one thing is a fast track to disappointment. It’s possible but not always likely that you will get the only role you apply for, and if you are too rigid with your choices, you may find that you limit the possibility of being successful for a role. This disappointment can result in a knock in your confidence. Consider everything you are good at and apply for a range of things. You might surprise yourself with what you get, it might be better than you think!
Get out of your comfort zone
Your comfort zone is exactly that - comfortable. It’s safe and it doesn’t offer any chance to fail. Those same benefits can be detrimental - if you don’t challenge yourself, how do you grow? Making a change in your career might scare you - it’s a leap into the unknown and you don’t know what to expect. Once that initial fear is conquered, nothing can compare to the rush of confidence of getting out of your comfort zone and succeeding at something new.
What do you do to boost your confidence?