Entering or re-entering the job market is daunting. While looking and applying for a job is time consuming, actually managing to get the job is another hurdle in itself. The whole process can be streamlined once you are self-aware and confident in what you can offer a business – confidence is the key to unlocking your career potential. The OYSTA is here to tell you five ways you can increase your confidence when on the hunt for a new job.
We all have strengths, but we also have weaknesses too. Be self-aware of these shortfalls and don’t apply for jobs that focus on these areas. For example, if you consider yourself less of an analytical person, don’t apply for jobs within analytics! It sounds simple but so often people find themselves in a job where they can’t thrive. Find something you are good at, play on those strengths and be confident!
Be Well Prepared
If you do manage to land a job interview, preparation is everything. Write out dot point responses to questions your interviewer may ask. Also formulate replies to behavioral questions – this new way of interviewing is intended to get a gauge on how you respond in certain situation. As opposed to asking, “What is your work ethic”, interviewers might ask “Tell me about a time you worked the hardest”. Preparing for these types of questions will make you ready and confident for your next interview.
Don’t sell yourself short
While it’s a fine line between bragging and being confident, knowing your strengths and being able to sell them is invaluable. It’s important to know your own worth and to believe in what you can offer a company. After all, if you don’t believe in yourself, how can you expect anyone else to?
Keep your social media pages up to date
Maintaining a strong social media presence, particularly on LinkedIn, Seek and other professional sites can help you snag your dream job. Many employees in this day and age use these online platforms to get an understanding of who you are. In your profile, use the bio section to clearly state what you are selling – your strengths as well as notable achievements in your working life. By showing confidence in describing yourself, you will attract employers and be on your way to landing your new job.
Have a career plan
Knowing where you want to be in 5,15,25 years is critical for evaluating potential job prospects. The ability to highlight to future employees where you see yourself in the coming years not only demonstrates ambition and focus; it also proves confidence within your own ability. This also makes it easier for you to focus on applying for the jobs that fulfill your career aspirations.