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Photo Credit: marfis75 via Compfight cc

Every person who has gotten a job they want tells me that they had confidence.

  • Confidence in their skills, talents and abilities
  • Confidence in their story
  • Confidence in their fit for the job at hand
  • Confidence in their ability to step into and start the job immediately

Confidence certainly feels better than insecurity – both for you the jobseeker AND for the person interviewing you.

How can you develop confidence?

Look at your work history and list the impact you’ve had on your employers.  Give yourself credit for doing some or all of the work involved.  If you were part of a team, you can acknowledge that, but don’t dismiss the contribution you made.  You were part of the team, so claim the team outcome as partly yours.

This is no time for false modesty or false humility.  You DO make a difference.  And sure, someone else could have done it, but the point is that YOU were the one who did the work.

Embrace the skills you know you have and get honest with yourself about your accomplishments.  That’s where your confidence lies – in owning what you have done, and can do in the future given the right opportunity.