Saturday, February 1, 2014

5 Ways to Turn Self-Doubt into Self-Assurance for Job Searching

You can become
more self-assured in
your job search.
By Susan Pines, Shy Job Seeker Blog  

Are you full of self-doubt? Do you lack confidence? These common problems can affect your job search effectiveness. If you are introverted or shy as well, mustering fortitude and self-assurance for a proactive job hunt is extra challenging.

So take these steps to gain the confidence to go after the job you want: 
  1. Know what you want. Define your ideal job and know how your skills and background suit it. Write down your job goal and keep it clear in your mind. This step alone will you put you ahead of other job seekers who will take any job. This focus on your skills and your desired job will bring clarity and add power to your resume, your job interviews, and your entire job search.
  2. Know you will get hired. Remind yourself that if you do the footwork and actively contact prospective employers, you will eventually get a job. Keep a positive attitude and avoid slowing down your efforts. Above all, don’t quit looking. 
  3. Rehearse. Build your confidence for phone calls, networking, and job interviews by writing down what you want to say and rehearsing it. Be sure to emphasize how you can help employers solve problems and grow. You may have heard of an “elevator speech,” where you explain who you are and what you can do in the time it takes to ride an elevator. The value of an elevator speech is that it gives you a strong opening to use with prospective employers. You will make your point clearly and quickly, which is especially important on the phone, at job fairs, and in networking situations. Be sure to memorize your elevator speech and to practice it until it sounds smooth and natural. And smile while you say it! For job interviews, write down the questions you anticipate and rehearse your answers. Preparation will give you a huge shot of confidence and help you to feel more in control.
  4. Ease into networking. Finding a job by networking is the most effective way to get hired. Employers don’t like interviewing dozens of people and hiring strangers. As an unconfident introvert, however, networking can be as frightful as public speaking. So if you can’t muster the strength to call people for job leads, perhaps you can email people  and then follow up with a call. Or you can ask someone you know comfortably to introduce you to a potential employer, thereby breaking the ice and changing the employer from a cold contact (someone you don’t know) to a warm contact (someone you do know).
  5. Pull out all the stops with your appearance. If your job search materials, including your resume and cover letter, are impeccable, and if you dress up for networking and interviews, you will feel more confident. So even if you don’t feel confident, you and your resume can look like you are. And that alone will make you feel more self-assured in your job hunt.
If you can't conquer self-doubt, at least you can fight it. Using the preceding tips will help you take a big leap forward in getting the right job soon.

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