Searching for a job can be a daunting process, and one that can sometimes test an individuals’ confidence. Often though, confidence is key when securing employment. Luckily for those seeking a job, you don’t have to be an uber-extrovert to conquer the job; by adopting the right strategies and mindset, you can open a world of opportunities. Here’s some tips to help ensure you present yourself in the best light the next time you’re looking for employment.
Remind yourself of your strengths
Are you nuts about numbers? Is writing where you excel? Perhaps you’re a people person and you can communicate well. Knowing your strengths (and weaknesses) is important because most prospective employers will ask you what they are.
If you’re light on work experience in your chosen job, demonstrating transferrable skills that make you an attractive employee can help you stand out.
Highlight your qualifications
You don’t have to have experience leading a team, or managing accounts, to call attention to qualifications. Finishing school or university, volunteering and charity work, even having a car license are all qualifications worth mentioning.
If you still feel under-qualified, there’s plenty of easy, low-cost ways to upskill. My Pathway offers a range of training programs, delivering accredited and non-accredited learning opportunities.
If it’s a license you’re after, our ParentsNext team has helped numerous young parents to tick that goal off their list, with many citing the lessons as a confidence boosting step towards other ambitions.
Write up an awesome resume
Now it’s time to write it down! A good resume is one that effectively showcases your skills, qualifications, and experiences in a clear and concise manner, and makes it easy for potential employers to understand your value as a candidate.
If you’re struggling for inspiration, there’s plenty of resume templates online that can assist including our own downloadable template right here.
Practice makes perfect
As outlined in our guide to impressing in job interviews, preparation is key! Practicing answers out loud can help you to feel and sound more confident on the day. You can read them to a mirror or enlist a friend or family member to role-play the interview with you.
Once you’ve nailed your answers to questions, practice a couple to ask the interviewer too. Asking relevant questions shows that you are interested in the role, and projects an aura of ambition.
Everyone is unique and will gain confidence in their own time so don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t happen all at once! Building confidence is a process that takes time and effort. Be patient with yourself, celebrate small victories, and keep pushing forward. With preparation and a positive mindset, you can increase your confidence and improve your chances of success in your job hunt.
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