Confidence: what does it mean in relation to your career?
According to dictionary.com, confidence means “belief in oneself and one’s powers or abilities; self-confidence; self-reliance; assurance”
Google defines confidence as “a feeling of self-assurance arising from one’s appreciation of one’s own abilities or qualities.”
Are you confident that your current resume you can get a job? Are you confident that you will do the best in your interview?
It may sound like a simple concept to display confidence, but employers can sense it. If you walk into an interview with a weak handshake and the slightest bit of uncertainty, employers will probably second guess your abilities. If you are second guessing yourself, why wouldn’t they?
The best option is to market your strengths and accomplishments that you are confident you can succeed in. Do not advertise that you speak French, but in reality you took the course your junior year of high school. Employers do not want to read misleading information. They want the truth and only the truth.
How does one gain confidence? The most important thing is to believe in yourself and what you are capable of. It is very important for you to start with yourself and then others will believe in you too. The more you display confidence in yourself, the more others will trust you.
So the next time you walk into a room for an interview, do it with confidence. Stand up tall, shake their hand with a slight firmness (don’t break their fingers) and look the employer in the eye – because you know you are the right person for the job. You are confident you will succeed.
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