3 (Easy Ways) To Boost Your Confidence And Have A Great Career
Having the right skill set and relevant experience are all important attributes in moving your career forward. Yet there is one factor that many people overlook that is crucial to success, and that is confidence.
Before we explain more on this subject let’s look at what we mean by confidence.
If you head over to the Oxford Dictionaries website, you will see some interesting definitions.
From, ‘the feeling or belief that one can have faith in someone or something, a feeling of self-assurance arising from an appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities’; you start to get a sense of why ‘being’ confident is so important when it comes to getting that new role.
Let’s start with some reminders about the power of having a confident air about you.
People are Attracted To Confident People
Think about the classic scenario. You are invited to a party or gathering and don’t know anyone, who are you most likely to approach. The person who looks friendly is talking easily and has open body language or the guy in the corner who is avoiding eye contact and fiddling with his tie?
People are naturally drawn to confident and charismatic people, and if you can come across this way, then you’ll find your career will take a definite turn for the better.
How Confidence Helps You Come Across Better in Interviews
Though having a great CV is the precursor to getting an interview. The first interview, whether that is by telephone, Skype or face to face is the chance for you to express not only why you are the best applicant, but why you are different and what it might be like to employ you for their team.
There is no better way of making yourself stand out as the distinctive candidate, that’s a cut above the rest than by exuding confidence. You’ll create a good impression, and you will certainly be remembered by your interviewer.
But I’m Not That Confident!
Here at A and D Recruitment we are talking to candidate’s daily and let me reassure you that you are not on your own when it comes to thinking that you aren’t coming across as confident as you would want. In the renewable energy and building services sectors, many candidates are ‘grafters’ and demonstrating confidence isn’t high on their agenda and therefore hasn’t been a focus.
The good news is that you can recapture confidence. Let’s face it we are born confident, and those of you, like Alessia and I who have children will often marvel at how confident they are.
Look at the latest popular talent programmes like Britain’s Got Talent, and you can see it in action.
The trouble is for many of us as we get older we lose our confident step, and it’s a trait we can work on.
Confidence is not a fixed attribute; it’s the outcome of the thoughts we think and the actions we take. No more; no less. It is not based on your actual ability to succeed at a task but your belief in your ability to succeed. How can you start? Here are 3 strategies that ALWAYS work.
Prepare for Your Interview in DetailThis is your solid foundation and the easiest place to start. Though interviews can be intimidating they also facilitate your opportunity to shine. We work with all our candidates to prepare for their interview. For instance:
- Know everything you can about the organisation, department and the role in question. Your specialist recruiter and Google are your greatest friends.
- Prepare in advance for the competency based interview questions you will be asked. You can download our free report here that will help.
- Prepare great examples of the projects or results you have delivered.
Fully preparing like this is a great start to exuding confidence.
Act As If
A powerful way to build confidence is to act with the confidence you want to have. That is, to act as if you already possess the confidence you want.
As a martial arts practitioner, this is one of the first lessons I was taught and guess what; it works!
While there is extensive research on building self-confidence — and banishing the self-doubt that can undermine it – it basically boils down the decision to step forward and trust yourself.
Over the last two Olympic games in London and Rio, TeamGB had some exceptional results. One contributory factor has been the athlete’s access to success coaches. One of the key activities they give their athletes to do is a mental rehearsal. Why? Because it works. This is the subject of a blog post. You can read more about this fascinating topic here.
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