Looking to rebuild your confidence? Check out these tips.
Many people tie their self-worth to being employed. Jobs give meaning and purpose and offer a sense of belonging and value. This explains why finding yourself unemployed sometimes damages your confidence. It can feel as though you no longer have an identity.
As you seek to re-enter the workplace, start by acknowledging the fact that your confidence has been injured and needs to be rebuilt.
Take time to re-evaluate what you want out of your career.
Take a step back and look at the big picture. Create a list of your priorities, interests and values. These can change over time; it’s important to know where you currently stand. Do you value workplace flexibility or higher base pay? Are you willing to work 100 hours a week or do you want to be home for dinner? Do you want to remain in the same industry? Be willing to ask yourself the hard questions. Take time to reflect and determine what you want out of your career.
Take inventory and draft a plan.
Once you have taken the time to evaluate your priorities and interests, take inventory of your skills, experiences, and relationships. Do you know someone that has your ideal job? If so, pursue him/her on LinkedIn and learn more about your ideal position. Identify the jobs/companies that appeal to you and determine if you know anyone within the company whom you can contact. Once you have taken inventory, draft a plan. Begin by updating your resume and identifying where you want to send it. Put it against your calendar and decide what day of the week you are going to submit your resume. Create a personal plan to put things into action.
Write your story.
Return to the journey that helped you begin your career. Connect everything you have learned in the past to what is relevant for the future. Use it as an internal document to help prepare for potential interview questions or scripting your pitch when you go to a job fair. Why did you leave your last firm? What brings you here today? What do you want out of your career? Writing your story helps pinpoint the experiences that have brought you where you are today and raises your courage to present it.
Don’t do it alone.
As much as we would like to will ourselves to feel confident again, it usually takes the support of another to help us along our way. You will need the support of someone beyond yourself, someone you can use as a sounding board, to launch and conduct a more effective job search.
- You need someone to react to your interview answers.
- You need others to shepherd your resume within their organizations.
- You need someone to hold you accountable and ensure that your expectations don’t dip.
When your confidence is low, take advantage of someone else’s confidence and ask for his/her help. Rebuilding your confidence to re-enter the workplace is absolutely possible but unlikely to happen if done alone.