When it comes to job searching, confidence is key. It’s important to do all you can to stay positive and maintain your self-belief, even if you receive some rejections.
Here are a few tips to help keep your confidence levels up when you’re looking for work.
Don’t apply for every job you see. Be discerning and only apply for the jobs that you honestly believe you’re qualified for and want to do. By doing this, you can be authentically enthusiastic about each application.
Also, if you apply for too many jobs, you’re bound to experience more rejections. And that can knock your confidence. Applying with care and thought will increase your chance of making it through to interview and reduce the number of confidence-knocking rejections you receive.
Confidence is a state of mind, based on self-belief. Think about all the things you have accomplished throughout your career. Reminding yourself of your achievements, skills and knowledge, will help you stay confident when applying for jobs. Especially when you’re interviewing.
We often talk about treating a job search like a job itself. Having a plan can help you stay energised and focused, while achieving your goals, gives you a real boost. An example of a goal could be connecting with an old colleague and setting up a networking meeting or creating a tailored CV for a specific role.
Every time you achieve a goal, it will boost your confidence in yourself and your plan.
Try not to rush your job applications. Spending time on your CV, cover letters and preparing for interviews will give you confidence that your job searching activities and applications are the best they could be.
Taking time away from your job search to do other things that you enjoy will keep you refreshed, energised and motivated.
You’re bound to feel down, frustrated or angry at some point during your job search. But keeping this to yourself will chip away at your self-worth and motivation. Instead, talk to your friends and family about how you’re feeling, so you can stay focused on the task at hand.
This article was written by the career coaching experts at Chiumento.
Career coaching can help. Having an independent, experienced career expert to bounce ideas off and talk through your successes and frustrations, can help you maintain your confidence and a positive attitude throughout your job search.