Many people remain stuck in a job that they do not like because they lack the confidence to put themselves out there and search for a better position. That feeling is normal and valid, but you can’t let it hold you back. Job searches can be daunting, but here are some ways to be confident in your job search.

Have a clear, defined goal

In order to have a clear and defined goal, you should start by clearing your mind. Sit with yourself and think about what it is you want in your next job. Really take your time and sort through your thoughts. Write in your journal, record your thoughts with a voice recorder, draw them out on a diagram or whatever your process is! Be sure to do some research into the current job market to help keep your goal setting realistic. Create your own customized road map for a successful job search. 

Know your value as a candidate

In order to understand your value and use it effectively in your job search, you must first ask yourself this question: What makes me different and unique in the marketplace? 

You never want to apply for a job that you don’t want because that’s all you think you can get. You also don’t want to apply for something that is way beyond your qualifications. The best way to avoid those issues is to know and understand your value. Beyond that, you’ll need to have confidence in yourself to be able to communicate why you are the best candidate for certain positions. It’s great to know that when starting your job search so that you aren’t at a loss for words later in an interview. 

Understand the trends in your industry and be able to speak to them

This is a biggie. You’ve got to be able to speak to trends in your industry. You’ll need to know what is the latest, where is the industry headed, and what is your particular outlook on your industry. For example, if you are in the tech industry, you may want to be able to speak on 5G technology and how tech companies are incorporating it, or planning to use it. If you are in the finance industry, you might consider expanding your knowledge of cryptocurrency. No matter what industry you are in, there’s always whispers of the next big thing so be able to speak to how you feel about that next big thing. Maybe you think it’s a great idea, perhaps you have an idea to expand on that, or maybe you’ve got other ideas all together. 


Most importantly, take a deep breath and say some affirmations to help you harness your inner confidence to master this job search. You are a worthy candidate and there are a plethora of resources at your disposal to aid in your job search. Good luck hunting! 

Barbara Mason is a career consultant that brings over 20 years Human Resources experience and has been in senior level roles for Fortune 500 companies. She is the owner and CEO of Career Pathways Consulting and her passion is helping career professionals stay, flow, or go in their career.

To learn more about working with her, visit www.careerpathwaysconsulting.com.

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