“You’re braver than you believe and stronger and smarter than you think.” ~ Winnie-the-Pooh
In our previous blog, we discussed tips to land your dream job. In this section, we will discuss ways to increase confidence.
Gain Career Confidence
One: Stand Out From the Competition
- Apply for jobs online that interest you and for which you are well qualified; refer to your career/resume database that lists your various achievements by job or by skill category.
- Start blogging if you are a subject matter expert.
- Start or join a group on LinkedIn to connect with people in your field.
- Invite a few colleagues to work on a project outside work.
- Become active in a professional association, Chamber of Commerce, or other community group.
- Write an e-book on a relevant topic and share it.
- Compile a list of 5-10 employers that interest you and do some research on these organizations. Contact dream employers directly and ask for a meeting. Many have found jobs this way because 80% of jobs aren’t advertised.
- Do what others won’t --- send thank you notes/emails, follow-up with phone calls, etc.
Two: Create Personal Branding Tools That Amplify Your Skills and Accomplishments
- Update your LinkedIn profile and communicate with your connections.
- Create a flawless resume and cover letter; modify and target these documents for every employer.
- Provide business cards to share at networking events.
- Obtain a reference letter about your skills from a professional who has worked with you. Make it easy for the reference by supplying your resume and/or outlining the skills and accomplishments you’d like included in the reference.
- Develop a simple 30-60-90 day plan that will give a recruiter or manager an idea of what you plan to accomplish, if hired. No need to include specific details, just give an outline.
Three: Help New Employees/Junior Colleagues
- Pay it forward on the job, in professional organizations, or in the community.
- Introduce new hires/members to others employees/members.
- Invite new employees for coffee or lunch.
- Offer to coach/mentor a new employee who is struggling.
- By helping others, you become more confident and feel better about yourself which will help you personally and professionally.
Four: Trust the Journey
- Know that many people have found a great job and increased their career confidence. This doesn’t usually happen overnight.
- Expect challenges. Wins and losses are inevitable.
- Be realistic and willing to consider changing course.
- Recall times when you got what you wanted. It will happen again.
- Remember when you were disappointed and realized later that the disappointment was a blessing in disguise.
- Believe that if you continue the journey, you will likely get where should be..
- Action leads to results. Action builds confidence. As the saying goes, shoot for the moon and if you don’t make it, you’ll land among the stars.
- Practice gratitude! There is always something to be grateful for and gratitude leads to peace of mind and confidence.
Sources: Makeda Waterman, Lifehack and Arapahoe/Douglas Works!