Panicked about finding a new job? Read these 11 key tips for building and maintaining your self-confidence so you can land a position that meets your needs and you are happy with.

Lots of people get nervous when searching for a job. I always joke with clients that so far, I have only had one client over the 12 years I have been an Executive Career Coach that enjoyed being in a job search. Most don’t have that same perspective.

“What if I can’t find work?”

“What happens if I don’t have enough experience?”

“What if I’m just not good enough?”

These are just some of the questions you might ask yourself when looking for work.

There’s no need to panic. 

These 11 tips will boost your self-confidence so you can land the job of your dreams.

1. Ignore Your Inner Critic

“Some of the harshest comments that we get come from ourselves, via the ‘voice of the inner critic,'” says Forbes magazine. “If you struggle with low self-confidence, there is a possibility that your inner critic has become overactive and inaccurate. I have been there. Sometimes the voices in our heads are just a bunch of noises. They’re nothing and won’t hurt you if you don’t let them.

2. Have a Clear Vision of Success

Having an idea of what success looks like to you is crucial in making it happen. So let yourself dream, then use that as a compass to pare down your goals to settle on a plan. I have seen this work time and time again. I recommend getting it written down. It can be just a sentence or you can get more detailed.

3. Have a Positive Self Image

Maintaining a positive self-image will give you the confidence you need when looking for work. Avoid negative thoughts, and never play down your past achievements. You have to be able to share your value. I am a big proponent of writing positive things about myself on 3 x 5 cards. For example, “I am a master Project Manager. My key areas of expertise are: Risk Management, Team Leadership and Negotiating.”

4. Write Stuff Down

This expands on some of the above tips. Keeping a record of your skills, projects, software, systems, and achievements will help you with your job search. Write down all of your qualities and why you think an employer should hire you. Identify your flaws, too, but don’t get hung up on them.

When you go to the interview, make sure to take your notebook with you so that you can easily access the information you had gathered while researching the company, but also to make a positive impression on the interviewer. They will be impressed when they see all the notes you’ve taken on their company and their competitors! Trust me on that.

5. Get Some Exercise

Regular exercise can send your self-confidence into the stratosphere and transform both your body and mind. Research shows that exercising in a pleasant environment has a positive effect on your self-esteem.

6. Break a Bad Habit

Ignoring your talents, focusing on past mistakes, being self-critical — all of these thought patterns can impact your self-confidence. Applying for a new job? Now’s a good time to break a bad habit.

We’re all capable of quitting all bad habits out there, regardless of how terrible and addictive they are. We just need to begin by being fully honest with ourselves. The worse the habit you’ll quit, the bigger the rewards and the best the feeling you’ll have. I was on social media way too much. I recently cut my scrolling time way down and find I have more time for things I really want to be focused on. For some, the bad habit could be pressing the snooze button too many times and not getting up on time. Whatever it is, choose one and eliminate it.

7. Talk to Your Support System

Looking for a new job can be a long and laborious process. That’s why it’s a good idea to talk to those you deem part of your trusted support system — they can lift you up and cheer you on when you need it.

8. Try a New Hobby

Research shows that a new hobby can improve your well-being. Now there’s no excuse not to enroll in that dance or cookery class! There are so many classes you can do virtually these days if in person is not currently a good idea.

As human beings, we’re curious by nature and we can achieve tremendous results in our personal and professional lives if we learn to focus that curiosity onto new hobbies that have a positive impact on ourselves. That’s how you build confidence in yourself. I recently took up cross-stitch!

9. Cut Negative People From Your Life

Negative people with negative thoughts can bring you down — something you just don’t need when looking for work. Replace flaky friends with positive influences that will enhance your self-confidence. This is critical.

10. Be More Generous

“Being kind to others, and generous with yourself and your time and what you have, is a tremendous way to improve your self-image,” says Zen Habits.

Learn, Master, Teach. Another one of the circles of life, from when we’re born till the last of our days; nature takes us on a long path that begins with the Curiosity to Learn, the Persistence to Master, and the Passion to Teach.

11. Don’t Give Up

Persistence is the most valuable key when looking for job opportunities. You will feel deflated when you don’t hear back from the resumes you have submitted. You will feel depressed when an employer rejects you, but keep calm and carry on — it will give your self-confidence a much-needed boost.

There are thousands of companies that will be lucky to have you in their team. So if a small bunch of them tell you “NO”, then you tell them “NO”. Smile and move on. If you go to an interview and they’re not treating you right and you’re just not feeling them, forget them. Smile and move on to your next assignment, to your next mission. You got this.

It’s no secret there are ups and downs of being in a career transition. Try these tips to maintain a positive outlook to help you shine.

What is one you can pick to focus on right now?

I hope you enjoy and get value out of this week’s round-up of curated articles just for you that I know are providing the best of the best in the areas of Job Search, Career Transition/Exploration, Career Advancement/Leadership Development and Work-Life Balance/ Mindfulness.

I would love your feedback because this really is for you. If you have requests of what you would like to see or want to ask me any questions, feel free to reach out to me.

 If I can be of further support to you, let’s have a conversation. Here is a link to get on my calendar:

Have a great week. I will be sending positive energy your way.

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