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Boosting confidence while job seeking

Philip Shepherd

22nd April 2021

If things aren’t going your way, job seeking can have a huge negative impact on your confidence. It’s hard to put yourself out there and get turned down, no matter what the circumstances. Unfortunately, it’s rare to apply to just a single role and land the job, so rejection is an unavoidable part of the job hunt. If the word “unsuccessful” is starting to get you down, take a look at our tips for boosting your confidence while job seeking.

Acknowledge learning opportunities

Even if you’re not successful in your application, you can learn a lot from each experience.

Look back at the job listing and compare it to your CV and covering letter. Are there any essential criteria that you didn’t meet? Can you spot any glaring errors or grammatical mistakes in your application?

If you made it to the interview stage, ask for feedback, as this will help you to better prepare for next time. Whatever information you’ve got, use this as a tool to bring you closer to that dream job.

Allow yourself to feel disappointed

Sometimes it feels a little silly to get upset about an unsuccessful job application, but any feelings of disappointment are perfectly valid.

There must have been something that attracted you to the position in the first place, and not landing the job or making it through to the next stage is ultimately a loss of sorts. Whether that’s a lost opportunity, missing out on additional benefits and income, or a setback in your career, there are real consequences to being turned down.

Try not to wallow, but allow yourself to feel a little disappointed. After all, we spend a third of our waking hours at work, so it’s an important part of our lives and acknowledging your frustration is okay.

Talk to friends and family

It can be tough to hear no, especially if you’ve had multiple unsuccessful applications in a row. Sometimes it can help to talk things through with the people who love you and know you best.

Friends and family are often the most honest people in our lives, and they can help you to see the situation more clearly. Whether it’s as simple as reassuring you that you have lots to offer and that you’ll find something eventually, a friendly face can really help to rebuild your confidence if you’re feeling a little fragile.

Ask someone you trust to define your best traits, or to take a look at your application before you send it. Talking about ourselves and our skills can feel a little embarrassing, but the people who care about you can help you to see where you’re selling yourself short, and offer words of encouragement to boost your confidence and improve your next application.

Looking for your next role?

Opilio’s recruitment experts are on hand to help you to land your next amazing role.

We know how hard it can be to deal with rejection, and we’ll work with you to find the most suitable jobs to increase your chances of success.

Take a look at our current vacancies, or get in touch to discuss your job hunt.

Philip Shepherd

Philip Shepherd

Founder & CEO

Philip specialises in: Senior, Director and C-Level roles in Digital Marketing

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