Profile of a confident job seeker


HERNDON, VA — Self-confidence can make or break a job or career search. It allows you to have a positive yet realistic view of yourself. With it, you trust your own abilities and have a general sense of control in your life. Without it, you’re frustrated and stuck – until you learn that having and keeping it – is really within your own control.

Many job seekers who lack confidence depend excessively on the ‘approval’ of others in order to feel good about themselves. They tend to avoid taking risks because they fear failure, and generally do not expect to be successful. By contrast, self-confident job seekers are willing to risk the disapproval of others because they generally trust their own abilities. They tend to accept themselves; they don’t feel they have to conform in order to be accepted.

Develop personal standards and values that are meaningful to you and do not be dependent on the ‘approval’ of others. Similarly, if you wallow in “the past has done me wrong”, consider that you can become aware of those influences and make a choice to move beyond them.

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