CAREER / 12 July 2017How to Remain Optimistic During the Job Hunt
Helen Keller hit the nail on the head when she said, “Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” Left deaf and blind by a severe childhood illness, Keller was empty. Yet she remained strong and learned to cope with her disabilities, ultimately becoming one of the most successful and influential women in history.
Confidence is defined as “the belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities.” Everyone has unique strengths and skills that no one else can mirror. The important part is unearthing your confidence and taking advantage of your uniqueness. Having confidence is probably the most important soft skill that you can portray to a recruiter. According to this Forbes article, confidence rates in the top three most important traits that recruiting managers look for – rating at 61%.
Here are 5 easy confidence-boosting activities you can help you jump start your career:
1. Change Your Wardrobe:
Sometimes wearing the same things over and over can weigh heavily on how you view yourself. You may be getting bored with the clothes you have and if you aren’t excited by the clothes you are wearing you can’t expect others to be either. Going out and finding a new look can instantly give you some extra pep in your step. This can make you more excited to get up, get dressed, and face the day. You don’t have to spend lots of money, either. Sometimes just mixing and matching can give the appearance you have new clothing.
2. Work Out:
Working out does miracles for your confidence. Not only do the physical results get better over time, but the simple act of working out releases endorphins that make you immediately begin to think more positively. Establishing a daily exercise routine can be a great way to set time to think and clear your mind, ultimately working towards better health and confidence.
3. Skill Up and Do What You Love:
Everyone has to be passionate about something, right? Whether it is playing your favorite video game, reading books, or throwing some kind of ball around, doing what you love and are good at can really boost your confidence. What if you are unaware of your passions? Exploring your interests may be enough to help you to get there. Learning or practicing a new skill (like social media marketing!) for just a little bit every day can make you feel more accomplished. Even better, the skills you learn on your own can be translated into your resume or online profiles and give you an edge in the job market.
4. Find Problems and Fix Yourself:
Although we might not like to admit it, we can all work on ourselves. We all have attributes about ourselves that we don’t like- and that we can change. If there is a subject you feel completely lost in, study it. Learn enough about sports and politics that you can always be involved in either of these common conversations. If you are preparing for a speech or a presentation, record yourself speaking and inspect your mannerisms. Change things that look awkward to you, or just don’t seem like who you are. Overall, just eliminate all of those little things that are holding you back, work past the obstacles and be proud of every improvement you make.
5. Strengthen Your Posture:
This last one may seem a bit silly, but something as simple as standing tall or sitting straight can really help how others view you and how you view yourself. Make a conscious effort to have better posture at all times; it can be more comfortable and make you feel more powerful. Slouching can often decrease energy and put you in a position of weakness.
Carrying yourself with confidence can immediately help you stand out from the rest of the pack and put you one step ahead in the job market. Having confidence in an interview will sway the interviewer to your side. Having confidence during a work presentation can make your higher-ups smile, and can help you get raises or promotions. All you have to do now is let companies know who you are.
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