The job search is really all about salesmanship. You’re selling yourself to potential employers, seeking to persuade them of the value you can offer in return for their investment.
This type of selling comes easy to some, but for most of us it’s rather tricky. In fact, the job search can represent a low ebb in self-confidence—a season in which we have the hardest time believing in our own value. The more rejections and dead ends you accumulate, the worse the problem gets; and, when you’re feeling a lack of self-confidence, it makes it much tougher to sell yourself.
You can see what a vicious cycle this can be. Yet, it’s a cycle that can be broken. We’ll show you how. In this post, we’ll detail a few practical ways to inject self-confidence into your job search.
Deal with Your Inner Critic
Our self-confidence erodes when we spend too much time listening to our “inner critic”—the voice in our heads that tells us we’re not good enough, delighting in showing us all our faults.
Unfortunately, the job search experience can bring that inner critic out in full force, emboldened by every rejection or every bad interview.
So how do you silence the inner critic? A few possibilities include:
- Practice positive self-talk. Every day, devote a few minutes to simply speaking affirmations to yourself. Remind yourself that you are worthy, and that you do have talents to offer. Speak them out loud to yourself.
- Keep a list of your past career achievements—all the things you’ve done or accomplished that you can feel proud of. Refer back to your list whenever the inner critic pops up.
- Have people in your life who can encourage you and remind you often that they believe in you. Their encouragements can stifle the inner critic.
Something that can really take the wind out of your sails, and cause your confidence to further plummet, is neglecting self-care. Allowing yourself to become lethargic, overtired, undernourished, stressed out—all of these things can make confidence gaps even wider.
Be intentional about practicing self-care during your job search—and that means:
- Getting enough sleep at night.
- Eating three meals a day—actual nutrients, not just protein shakes or fast food!
- Logging some physical activity each day, even if it’s just a brisk walk around the neighborhood.
- Engaging in a stress-busting activity—yoga, meditation, drawing, journaling, etc.
Prepare Your Branding
One final thing you can do to inject some self-confidence in your job search: Make sure you have some personal branding materials you can feel proud of.
Remember, the job search is all about selling yourself—so make sure you have some sales materials that can do a lot of the heavy lifting for you.
Having a strong resume and cover letter can allow you to enter into interviews with confidence—and even the process of drafting those materials, in conjunction with a professional resume writer, can remind you of past achievements in a way that bolsters your enthusiasm and self-esteem.
Talk with a resume writing pro who can really help you embrace the job search process, feeling confident in your abilities to land a rewarding new position. Reach out to Grammar Chic, Inc. to start the process: 803-831-7444 or www.grammarchic.net.
Amanda E. Clark founded Grammar Chic in 2008. She is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University and holds degrees in Journalism, Political Science, and English. She launched Grammar Chic after freelancing for several years while simultaneously leading marketing and advertising initiatives for several Fortune 500 companies.