CERTAINTY IN UNCERTAINTY
It’s no surprise COVID-19 has impacted the way we live. Whilst there has been an overload of information about COVID-19 and how to navigate this time of uncertainty, I wanted to talk more about giving yourself confidence during an otherwise unconfident period.
How do you block out the fear of the unknown and harness the positives out of changes around you? If you find yourself in the job market or avoiding applying for that new ideal role because of a fear of uncertainty, its time you read the tips below and give yourself the confidence to chase your goals.
Get comfortable with your feelings
Step one is to set your mind straight, it is okay to be worried. Humans typically do not like change, our natural reaction is resistance and of course an immediate fear of the unknown.
Acknowledge your feelings, however, choose your response to these feelings. Focus on harnessing the alertness and energy this gives you. Think of your first kiss, your first job interview or when you went for your driving test. You experienced nerves and feelings of worry about the outcome or how well you might do. Think of where you are today, whether you had a positive first experience or not it took you once step closer to where you are today. So, whilst your feelings of concern may be warranted, they should not dictate the outcome on your behalf.
Focus on your strengths
Take some time to reflect on what you are good at. This does two things; one it refreshes your memory in-turn making it easier to answer in interview and recall your accomplishments and the second thing it does is helps you to know exactly what type of role you should be chasing. Remember when you do something you are good at it is easier to succeed. Finding a role that compliments your strengths will more often than not, see you be successful in the role and let’s be honest, without the extra effort others might need to make.
Be honest with yourself
You are not going to succeed every time, no one ever does. We all make mistakes in life and we all move on from our mistakes. Don’t take one set back as a judgement on yourself that it can’t be achieved or that you should be uncertain about your goals. Instead be honest and remember that you’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. You have to be in it to win it, so go in with the confidence that you can do it, but don’t get disappointed if you are not successful for the role. Instead be thankful for gaining more experience in job applications. It is all one step closer to your goal.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
In the connected world we live in, sharing your journey in conversations with family, friends and loved ones is important to keep you focused and feeling confident. The ones around us know how great we are, even when we don’t feel that way about ourselves. By involving your family and friends in journey their support will give you the strength and encouragement you need on your tough days.
Most importantly through a connected world we often find opportunities through the networks we have and/or we know someone who might be able to provide some tips on interviewing skills, or maybe it is as simple as a friend has a computer you can borrow to submit your job application. If you are feeling stuck about what to write in your resume, ask people you know and without a doubt, there will be ample support around you.
So, should you be unsure about your career or your future during this time? My vote is absolutely not, and I say that with certainty!
If all else fails, reach out to recruiters, we connect people every day.