Tips to Land Your Dream Job and Gain Career Confidence Part 2 by Jean Spahr

“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.
  • Smile!
  • 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..

Final Thoughts

  • 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.
  • Breathe! 

Sources:  Makeda Waterman, Lifehack and Arapahoe/Douglas Works!