Few things are as disheartening as being out of work. Whether because of a lay-off, a change in company or career focus or for some other reason, embarking on the hunt for a new job can be daunting. With low self-esteem and a lack of confidence, the job-hunting process can be an even bigger challenge. There are ways to cultivate confidence and work on boosting one’s self-esteem in order to project a more “together” personal image while looking for that next great job.
Start by re-working your resume’ and focusing on the positive qualities and attributes you can bring to a new job. Many of us have learned that our resumes should be a collection of dates and job titles but in this tight job market, it can be a good idea to accentuate what makes you a stellar and unique employee prospect. In the process of laying out all of your great qualities: ability to meet deadlines, strong communication skills, etc. you can absorb some positive self-affirming vibes. Write what you believe about yourself and believe what you write. This way, as you go out into the job market, you have a positive story to tell about yourself.
If you are having a hard time painting a competent and “can do” picture of yourself on your resume, get someone to help you. Often a friend or colleague can see and say what we cannot. Additionally, craft a good, solid cover-letter template that also outlines what you can bring to a company that hires you. Instead of focusing on job titles and tasks, share your skills, competencies and personal qualities in a cover letter and tailor them to fit the job and company you apply for.
Practicing interviewing can be another way to boost confidence. Instead of focusing on dread and worry about an upcoming interview'”practice and anticipate what you want to say about yourself. While you may not know the exact questions you will be asked, a little research can help you to get a general idea. Consider doing some online research to see if anyone else has posted information about a particular company. By knowing as much as possible and practicing your “delivery,” you will be not only better prepared, but you will also feel calmer and more confident in your ability to present yourself well.
Finally, avoid reading all those “doomsday” reports about the job market. It will NOT boost your confidence and will likely make you feel hopeless as you strive to find a new job. Instead, ignore reports that cast gloom and doom and focus on effort, movement and trust that a new job is on the way. After all, it only takes one!