Three Steps to Building Confidence on the Job Hunt

Three Steps to Building Confidence on the Job Hunt

Confidence can be hard to come by, especially if you have experienced a layoff recently or if your last job was one of those unfortunate situations in which it was impossible to be successful. The voice of self-doubt creeps in, and you find yourself wondering if you even have what it takes to be a valued employee.

But, as the cartoon at the top of this post indicates, employers are looking for candidates who are confident that they can do the work. They don’t want to hire someone who appears to have hesitations about their abilities.

What can you do to increase the confidence you project when job seeking?

1. Build your knowledge in your field.

This can take the form of traditional education in the classroom or at a seminar/conference, but there are other ways to learn that are more hands-on. Volunteering for a nonprofit or doing an internship are great ways to grow a real-world understanding of your field and keep you up-to-date with any technical changes that develop.

2. Research and analyze.

For this component, you need to have a good idea of the company you want to target. Once you have identified this, then dig into the information that is available about it. Find everything you can about the company, what they make/do, the latest news and developments on them, who their competition is, how market trends are impacting them, and so forth.

3. Practice.

This is an important step in the process to confidence. Without practice, you won’t be able to articulate all those interesting things you have learned or insights you have gained as a result of the research and analysis you have done on the company. Write down your thoughts about what you have learned about the company, what your analysis has shown you, and what conclusions you draw based on what you know about your field. Organize this into a coherent format and then practice saying it out loud. The goal here is not for you to memorize everything you have written, but to use multiple methods to get you very comfortable with what you have learned. The easier it is for you to talk about what you know and to convey your insights, the more confident you will appear.

How else have you been able to build confidence?

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