It can be tough to stay positive and proactive while searching for a new job in today’s extremely competitive market. It’s not uncommon for confidence levels to slip after a few rejections and a longer quiet period than you anticipated.
Here are five easy ways to boost your confidence during a job search!
1. Get the basics right
Not only will getting the basics of your job search right boost your confidence (updating your CV, optimising your LinkedIn profile), but looking after your mind, body and bank account will keep you feeling positive during the process and help maintain that confidence.
Exercise, educate yourself, eat well and keep pricey café visits to a minimum! You’ll struggle with confidence during your job search if you aren’t happy with how you feel or how your finances look.
2. Set specific goals
Setting specific goals is another great way to boost your confidence during a job search, because who doesn’t enjoy the feeling of smashing a target?
Try planning your day around a set of goals from a simple to-do list. This will make your workload feel much more manageable and you’ll benefit from a vital sense of accomplishment as you complete each task, which should be S.M.A.R.T (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely.)
3. Talk about it
Your job search doesn’t have to be a lonely experience. Keep friends updated on your progress and reach out to your professional network for inspiration, advice and suggestions on how they stayed confident throughout transitional periods in their careers.
4. Meet new people
Grow your professional network while job searching by attending events that bring together industry leaders and aficionados from the digital and tech community.
Events like Digital North, The Code Bass, Digital Bytes, Digital MENA and Interactive Minds offer opportunities to get noticed by the right people and boost your confidence with new knowledge, insight and tools to enhance your skill set.
5. Act like you’ve made it
Imagine how you would feel upon finally landing your dream role and present yourself with that sense of pride throughout your job search.
When you reach your goal, what would you wear to meetups? What industry subjects would you discuss with your LinkedIn network? How confident would you feel? It might be a cliché but there is real value in the ‘fake it til you make it’ mindset!
Ready to put these tips into action and find a new role?
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