Finding a new job can be a challenging and often gruelling process. If you have been happily working for the same employer for a couple of years, you may find the job market quite an alien and unwelcoming place today. As a candidate, you may also need to contend with the natural, but frustrating fears that accompany searching for a new opportunity: rejection, self-doubt and worry that you just won't be able to cope with a new job in a different company. However, you shouldn't be afraid to take the leap if you feel you have the capabilities to try something new.
Whatever your fear when dealing with the job market, you may be in need of some guidance to help boost your self-esteem and secure the job role you have been longing for. Here are a few top tips to ensure you remain confident throughout your entire job search:
It might sound obvious, but understanding why you are being driven to making a career move is crucial to a successful job search. Whether you are looking for a new challenge, are unhappy in your current company, need to change location, are excited to expand on a new skill or have always wanted to work for a specific company – understand what your drivers are. Once you are confident that the ‘why’ is real, you’ll be able to attack your job search with gusto and won’t second guess your choice. There is obviously an inner fire inside of you which is pushing you out of your comfort zone, so don't ignore it!
As important as ‘the why’ – ‘the what’ ensures you focus on looking for the right opportunities for you. Ask yourself what type of roles you would love to apply for, what are you really good at, and what kind of companies you would like to work for (or not as the case may be!) This will help you to focus on what makes you amazing, and also what you definitely don’t want from a new job.
Set yourself weekly goals consistent with ‘how’ you’re going to find your new job, to continue achieving during your job search. Finding a new job can be a lengthy process and it’s easy for your confidence to dip if you are unable to see the end in sight. Goals don't have to be extravagant, but just small achievements that you can tick off your 'to do' list can make all the difference to your confidence
When searching for a new job, it can be seriously confidence-busting to receive any form of rejection or criticism – but it happens to the best of us. Remember the goals and deadlines you have met in the past which have allowed you to gain a great deal of success. In order to bring you straight back to those positive moments, read past performance reviews in which you were praised for your work, or take a glance at awards you have won for your professional or personal achievements. In order to become motivated for the rest of your job search or upcoming interview, you will need to feel good about yourself to progress further and allow others to see your potential.
Congratulations, you have bagged yourself an interview. Here are a few top tips to ensure you're prepared for the big day:
An oldie but a goodie! Before you attend the interview, make sure that you research the company and the job role so you feel fully confident when meeting the company. As long as you’re prepared, you cannot get caught out or made to feel under pressure. Lack of knowledge can lead to a feeling of self-doubt during the interview, however this can be so easily avoided by knowing your stuff – or their stuff . . .
Have you ever heard people talk about positivity being contagious? Unfortunately negativity can also have this affect. If you anticipate a poor interview, or begin to doubt your abilities as a candidate, these thoughts can take over and affect how you’re able to showcase yourself at interview. Remember that you’ve been chosen to attend the interview by the employer! Visualise yourself enjoying the interview, and speaking positively about your skills and experiences. A positive mind-set will allow you to feel more relaxed and excited about the upcoming interview and help you to nail that dream job!
During interviews, candidates can come across as too confident to cover up their fears. Although you are trying to impress your interviewer, don't try too hard. You should be aiming to connect with them on a personal level. Interviewers will have already read your CV, so already understand your capabilities. Instead, aim to create stimulating conversation to allow your personality to shine through, which will allow them to see that you are an interesting character who will be easy to work with and shows enthusiasm for the job role.
Be excited about your new chapter. Although it can be a scary concept to walk into a new workplace without knowing anybody, don't allow yourself to feel as though you aren't capable. Give yourself a pat on the back for getting through all of the stages successfully - with confidence.
Don't beat yourself up too much. The market is extremely competitive today, and you may have to receive a couple of rejections before you find your dream job. Always use your experience to learn how you can do better next time around. Always ask for constructive feedback from your interviews, employers should be happy to pass this on to you. Remember that one day you will be a winner and any workplace will be lucky to have you.
If you’d like some guidance with your job search and get connected to top employers, please contact Endorsed. Our experienced team are here to support and guide you, as well as help to build your confidence throughout the tough recruitment process. Sign up today!
Managing Director of Endorsed Direct Hiring. Larissa has worked in the technology and recruitment sector for over 10 years and knows just about everything there is to know about what it takes to hire great people.