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How Does Self-Confidence Boost Your Job Search or Career?



“Everybody  who cares about you, believes in you.
Make sure you are one of them!”
 – Unknown

Your best asset to drive your success in advancing in your chosen career or in finding a job, is your…SELF-CONFIDENCE. What is self-confidence? It is how you feel about your ability to accomplish a given matter. In other words, it is your answer to the question “Can I do it?” It can fluctuate from one activity to the next, throughout a given day. Self-Confidence is developed through experience. Therefore, for your self-confidence to improve, you must develop an action-orientation mindset. You must be doing things. For example, you must be learning new information, practicing in order to gain mastery, trying new things, taking risks, and acting on opportunities even when fearful or intimidated. In taking action, you gain accomplishments. Each accomplishment boosts your self-confidence, which in turn sets you up for major accomplishments. Each major accomplishment further boosts your self-confidence to an even greater degree. To advance in your career, your action orientation must focus on activities that are most relevant to your chosen career field.

You build self-confidence in your career mainly by your choices at work. As you work for others, you must identify how your role in the organization specifically contributes to the day-to-day operation of the organization and accomplishment of the organization’s objectives. Most importantly, you must be able to quantify the value of your contribution to your organization over time. In addition, you must be able to clearly articulate that value either in an internal interview in pursuit of a promotion or an award within the organization. Likewise, if you are pursuing better career opportunities outside of your current organization, you must be able to clearly articulate to the interview panel, the value of your contribution to each relevant organization in your work history.

The best way to stay on top of this is to take the time to write down your accomplishments as they occur. Record how your actions created a solution, saved money, improved efficiency, added to the store of knowledge, expanded the variety of goods and services offered, increased sales, satisfied customers and/or enhanced the performance of staff. It is important to note, you can only have these kinds of experiences and reflection on your work history, if you are engaged in meaningful work. Sadly, not every organization engages employees in meaningful work. Not all work activities and job positions are…’valuable’. This means that it will be difficult for employees in those kinds of positions to be able to quantify how their activities contributed to the overall success of the organization. Your inability to identify how your role at work contributed to the organization achieving its objectives, will undermine your self-confidence. Therefore, it is your personal as well as professional responsibility, to re-position yourself within your organization or move to another organization in which you are engaged in meaningful, value adding, confidence boosting work.

The same is true while in university, you should thoughtfully select value adding subjects and extra-curricular activities which are highly relevant to your career of choice. Although recruiters understand that a recent graduate does not have a lot of work experience, they expect to see evidence that the subjects taken and projects you participated in were highly relevant to the job you are pursuing, and were achieved with excellent grades. Through your extra-curricular activities and your positions of responsibility, you demonstrate to a recruiter your ability to balance academics with social-service responsibilities, and you also demonstrate the quality of your interpersonal, administrative and leadership skills.

If you select the right activities in school and in your organization that are highly relevant to your career goals, and if you keep abreast of your accomplishments and can give clear examples of how they contributed to the success of the organization or equip you to contribute to the success of the next organization you wish to work at, you will be prepared to advance in your career. Preparation is an excellent booster of self-confidence. Begin today.

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~Coach Cheryll
Cheryll Messam is a Personal & Professional Development Consultant, Life, Corporate & Career Coach, Professional Resume Writer and LinkedIn Profile Writer. She helps professionals overcome workplace, job hunting, career management, emotional intelligence, self-confidence challenges, as well as set and accomplish life & work goals. To learn more about our services click on the links below and feel free to contact Cheryll via email: or phone: 954-762-7942 (Int); 876-357-6397 (Local)

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What to Do If Things Don’t Go As Planned


If You Can’t Go Over or Under, Go Around

by Joseph Morris

A baby mole got to feeling big,
And wanted to show how he could dig;
So he plowed along in the soft, warm dirt
Till he hit something hard, and it surely hurt!

A dozen stars flew out of his snout;
He sat on his haunches, began to pout;
Then rammed the thing again with his head–
His grandpap picked him up half dead.

“Young man,” he said, “though your pate is bone.
You can’t butt your way through solid stone.
This bit of advice is good, I’ve found:
If you can’t go over or under, go round.”

A traveler came to a stream one day,
And because it presumed to cross his way,
And wouldn’t turn round to suit his whim
And change its course to go with him,

His anger rose far more than it should,
And he vowed he’d cross right where he stood.
A man said there was a bridge below,
But not a step would he budge or go.

The current was swift and the bank was steep,
But he jumped right in with a violent leap.
A fisherman dragged him out half-drowned:
“When you can’t go over or under, go round.”

If you come to a place that you can’t get _through,_
Or _over_ or _under_, the thing to do
Is to find a way _round_ the impassable wall,
Not say you’ll go YOUR way or not at all.

You can always get to the place you’re going,
If you’ll set your sails as the wind is blowing.
If the mountains are high, go round the valley;
If the streets are blocked, go up some alley;

If the parlor-car’s filled, don’t scorn a freight;
If the front door’s closed, go in the side gate.
To reach your goal this advice is sound:
If you can’t go over or under, go round.

– Taken from 



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~Coach Cheryll

Cheryll Messam, CPC, ELI-MP
Certified Professional Life & Corporate Coach
Energy Leadership Master Practitioner
You in Mind Jamaica – Your Ally for Excellence in Life & Work
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What if You Are The Weakest Link?

The Power to Change Beliefs
So you’ve finally and decisively (hopefully) made up your mind and now your goal is clear. But did you know that no matter how good you are at what you have set out to do, your performance will most likely be sub-optimal?  The Theory of Constraints, developed by Dr. Eli Godratt (1984) attempts to explain this for us. Essentially Dr. Godratt is saying what we’ve heard from youth, “A chain is as strong as its weakest link.” When a business or an individual sets out to accomplish a goal, they will be hampered by constraints.

Constraints in an organization can relate to people, supplies, information, equipment, or policies. They can be tangible and intangible (e.g. organizational culture) and can also be internal or external to an organization. Constraints on a personal level can involve skills, knowledge, attitudes, people,  finances, tools/equipment, environment (e.g. domestic, geographical, national, global). As in organizations, personal  constraints can be tangible or intangible, and internal or external.

If we look at constraints as related to weaknesses or vulnerabilities, then there may be several such factors relevant to your particular goal. However, in the Theory of Constraints, there can only be one (1) constraint at a time. The weakest link. The factor that causes the…greatest… vulnerability or threat to the achievement of your goal.  It is instructive to understand and remember ,that it is the weakest link that sets the pace of your progress towards achieving your goal.

Therefore your goal setting activity must include up front, the identification of  your constraints, and careful judgment on your part of which of them represents your weakest link. If you wish to increase the likelihood of achieving your goal, then once the constraint is identified, you must manage it. That means take action to completely eliminate it, if that is possible, or manage it well. After you have implemented your strategy to manage your constraint, you should do an evaluation to determine whether your progress towards your goal has improved. If not, then adjust your strategy and evaluate again, and repeat until the constraint is effectively managed. If yes, you can expect your progress will speed up. It is now time to determine what is the next weakest link and take action to manage that and so on.

It is very likely that , many persons have aborted, and still-born goals in their personal history. This is not because the goal was intrinsically nigh impossible. This is not because they themselves were no match for the goal. It may simply be a case of setting a worthy goal, becoming distracted and enamoured with the idea of accomplishing the goal, and embracing the positive changes that it will bring, without doing the hard work of considering the disabling factors within and externally, which may get in the way. Then reality strikes at the most inconvenient time and they lose their self-confidence, and energy, towards their vision for their lives, and self-doubt , fear and hesitation increases.

Goals are there to help us keep focus on and bring into our lives the things we value most.  Yet the process of setting goals must be done properly if we are to achieve them and develop our lives in the way we desire and deserve. Have you aborted a goal because you were hi-jacked by a constraint you didn’t  pay early attention to? Did you miscalculate which constraint represented your weakest link? Remember the constraint can be internal or external. Interestingly, some experts argue based on the Pareto Principle that most of our constraints are internal. How does this apply to you and your habit of setting or not setting goals? Do you cultivate a mindset of limiting beliefs? Do you suffer from procrastination or indecisiveness? Do you typically jump into things without careful analysis and reflection? Do you properly plan concerning others but poorly plan for yourself? Do you avoid asking for help from family, friends, experts, colleagues?

You owe it to yourself to live your life fully. You can do this by examining what’s holding you back in any or  every area of your life, and begin crafting a plan, then taking action to eliminate the constraint, even if you discover that it is you who are standing in your own way.



Godratt’s Theory of Constraint (Parts 1 of 3)

The Theory of Constraints

Living Without Limits



Cheryll Messam, is a Personal & Professional Development Consultant, Life & Corporate Coach, Career Coach, Professional Resume Writer and LinkedIn Profile Writer. Through coaching, consultations, and training opportunities, Coach Cheryll  supports Professionals who wish to master or eliminate challenging workplace, interpersonal, productivity, self-confidence, and career issues or set and accomplish realistic goals.

Learn more about Coach Cheryll at her website www.youinmindjamaica.comor connect with her on LinkedIn


Cheryll Messam, CPC, ELI-MP

Certified Professional Life & Corporate Coach
Energy Leadership Master Practitioner
You in Mind Jamaica – Your Ally for Excellence in Life & Work
Local clients: 876-357-6397 (Jamaica)
International clients: 954-762-7942 / Skype: cmessam2





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Asleep at Work

Some People Dream Success


Dennis Nally, Chairman PriceWaterhouseCoopers International in “Addressing the Talent Challenge,”  notes that fifty-eight (58% ) percent of CEOs believe that the availability of key skills is a threat to business growth prospects   ( ). Come May 2016, a new generation, born approximately 1995 -2012, will enter the workforce for the first time.  They are labelled by some as Generation Z . Among their distinctive qualities is that they have no sense of  ‘pre-internet;’ and in addition, they will present a management challenge, as their work ethic, habits, perspectives, expectations, are vastly different from the generations already represented in the workforce.

Researchers and other experts are divided on the impact of automation on employment. Rachel Stephens, in her article “Robots at Work: The Economic Effects of Workplace Automation,” September 2015, cites a  March 2015 paper titled “Robots at Work”  by Georg Graetz of Uppsala University and Guy Michaels of the London School of Economics ( ). Stephens notes that the paper concentrates on the economic effects of industrial robots. One interesting finding was that based on the implementation of robots, workers improved their productivity, and added more value to the economy, across the 17 countries reviewed in the study. Contrast this with the likely impact of McDonald Europe’s decision to install touch screen cashiers, and the growing trend by companies to install self-serve kiosks. Read the Rest…

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End of Year Reflections for the Career Minded

How Did I Do This Year-

Today I had the tremendous pleasure of being  guest career expert on the At Your Service, Job Centre segment of  Nationwide News Network (Nationwide News 90FM). I was discussing with co-hosts Vernon Darby & Kristen Williams, questions that professionals can use for their evaluation of the past year. This with a view to identifying gaps to be addressed, as well as what worked very well, and which could be maintained, in order to have an even better New Year.  Below I share my speaking notes. There is also a handout you may download to help your personal reflections. Hope you find this information helpful.



  • For each question give yourself a rating out of 10, with 1 being the lowest satisfaction rating and 10 being your highest satisfaction rating.
  • For the questions that you rated as 10/10, analyze and write down what contributed to making your life work well in this area. Commit to keep doing more of those strategies in 2016
  • For the questions that you don’t give a 10/10 satisfaction rating, analyze and write down what went well and what was missing in your experience that prevented you from having full satisfaction.
  • Brainstorm what one (1) action you can take to improve your score at least by 1 point.
  • Create a goal with a deadline to address the gaps you identified
  • Take action
  • Overall, note what you are especially proud of over the past year and find a way to acknowledge and honour yourself by celebrating in a small or big way with an activity that makes you happy.
  • Note who &/or what you need to let go of and release to live a more happy and productive life in the New Year.
  • Take action



  1. How well did I remain connected to my values in the significant areas of my life? [ / 10]

Values are our deeply held beliefs with regard to how things should be in the various significant areas of our lives (i.e. Self, Family, Love Relationships, Career, Finances, God, Friendship, Fun & Leisure). It is our Why we do what we do. When our values are violated, or we make choices that are contrary to our values, it negatively impacts our emotions, increases our sense of being stressed, and may affect our self-worth and self-confidence.

  1. What is the overall state of my health, physical and mental? [ / 10]

We live in an increasingly stressful and fear-filled world, with daily personal problems, as well as financial challenges from an ongoing global recession. There are daily reports of job losses, disease epidemics, natural disasters, crime, violence, wars and terrorist attacks. Persons with good health are better able to withstand stressors than persons who have known or unknown health problems.  In order to maintain good health, our body needs consistent  good nutrition, adequate rest, adequate exercise, and fun & relaxation activities.

  1. What is the quality of my personal relationships and professional relationships? [ / 10]

There is strength in numbers.  When we operate alone, life can be burdensome. It is important to have relationships with safe people both among family & friends, as well as professionally.  Safe people are those persons who live with integrity, speak the truth to you with goodwill and who challenge you to build you up and not tear you down.

Good interpersonal skills will increase our likability and influence with the people in our personal and professional environments.  When we are in frequent conflict with our family and friends, it negatively affects our emotions, and impacts our professional relationships and performance.

The more people we know and enjoy good relationships with and who share our common interests, the more quality information that we receive about opportunities that will enhance our lives. Which is why professional networking is so important for the professional who wants to increase employability and competitiveness within his/her industry and job market.

  1. What value did I add to my [current / last] company? [  / 10]

Whether currently employed or job hunting, it is important to know the significance of your job within the organizational structure of your current/last company, and also to be able to quantify your overall contribution to your department, unit, and organization. Your ability to quantify your contribution, boosts your self-confidence, helps you negotiate for increased benefits, improves the value and magnetism of your resume, and helps you express yourself confidently in interviews when pursuing  other job or scholarship opportunities.

  1. What is my resilience against job loss? [ / 10]

Generally if you have a job you can lose a job. However with the current state of the local and global economy, more professionals are at greater risk of job loss. You should accept this upfront and take action from now to

  • Curtail spending and establish an emergency fund of 6 – 12 months of monthly income to cushion you, in case you have to suddenly job hunt
  • Keep updated with industry and labour market news, and analyze the job-outlook for your particular job or industry. Is it poised for growth or will it slow down?
  • Acquire any skills that will keep you competitive in your profession &/or industry as well as in an alternative profession, so that you increase your job hunting options
  • Determine how the market is responding to your resume

 or if already unemployed or you desire to switch jobs or careers for improved income

How robust is my job search strategy (online, offline, social media use, strong network)?

[  / 10]

Beyond responding to advertisements in print and online as a traditional job search method, how well are you  incorporating

  • Social Media – Mastering the top social media platforms that support job hunting and professional development? Creating a professional profile online which enables recruiters to research you and form a positive impression of how well you will fit their company’s culture? Joining groups online and participating by sharing original content and liking and commenting and asking questions of other group members consistently so that persons get a feel of you and feel connected to you over time?
  • Networking – strategically going through your list of contacts, sharing with them your job search objectives and intentionally asking them if they know of any opportunities, and if they would be comfortable submitting a resume on your behalf?
  • Identifying alternative forms of employment e.g. Small business ventures or freelance work online or offline?
  • Preparing well crafted, error free versions of your resume which target the specific job you are applying for [Not a one-size-fits-all resume], and which highlights your achievements instead of your tasks.
  • Knowledge of a variety of types of interview questions and being prepared to give impactful answers
  • Strategies to keep yourself motivated and upbeat throughout your job hunting period and prevent discouragement and depression in the event that your job hunt goes longer than you hoped (e.g. reading for personal & professional development, volunteering, exercising, enjoyable activities with low budget)?



  • Ask yourself the questions, give yourself a satisfaction rating, and note your answers on what went well and what you need to improve in each area
  • Note what you are most proud of and celebrate
  • Note what you need to work on and create an action plan
  • Note who &/or what you need to let go of and release
  • Take action
  • Be committed to paying the price to have a better life and work experience in 2016




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Cheryll Messam Certified Professional Life & Corporate Coach

Cheryll Messam
Certified Professional Life & Corporate Coach

Coach Cheryll Messam, CPC, ELI-MP, is a Certified Professional Life & Corporate Coach, Resume Writer, LinkedIn Profile Writer, and owner of YOU in Mind Jamaica, a personal and professional development company. Coach Cheryll helps local and international clients look their best on paper via professionally written resumes and LinkedIN profiles. Through consultations or coaching sessions Cheryll helps her clients overcome their workplace, career management, job search, productivity, self-confidence and goal setting challenges.

Cheryll Messam, CPC, ELI-MP
Certified Professional Life & Corporate Coach
Energy Leadership Master Practitioner
You in Mind Jamaica – Your Ally for Excellence in Life & Work
Local clients: 876-357-6397 (Jamaica)
International clients: 954-762-7942 / Skype: cmessam2
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Looking for Career Satisfaction?

career satisfaction


Over the last two weeks I’m happy to have experienced a spike in my coaching and other conversations with persons wanting to speak about Career Management. Some of my conversations were with university students who wished to be pre-emptive, if possible, from now, in strategizing to get the right job upon graduating. Other professionals wanted to figure out what doctoral programme to enrol in, given the changing nature of jobs and the threat of obsolescence to some professions. While others wanted to know how to strategize for greater influence within their current organization or figure out whether to move on. While other professionals wanted to leave traditional employment and do their own thing in a consultancy or other entrepreneurial venture, via traditional or online modes. Read the Rest…

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7 Career Management Questions You Should Ask Yourself No Matter How Old You Are in the Workforce

Ready or Not Tomorrow

As a Life & Corporate Coach, I am frequently discussing career goals and job search strategies with professionals. These professionals range from the new graduate who even three years out from graduation, is still not working, or is not working in the field he/she studied;  to the person who has been in the labour market over 20 or 30 years and is wondering whether to re-tool or transition into some form of entrepreneurship. Career choices will continue to be a growing concern across most adult life-stages, as retirement timelines continue to be pushed back.  In this article, I highlight some key areas that professionals must pay attention to, in order to maintain their employability and viability to earn an income for as long as they need to.


  1. How useful are my academic background and work experience in today’s job market or for entrepreneurship success?

Careers may have a life-span and most are impacted by the state of the economy and significant changes in how we live. For example, changes in technology can make some careers and industries obsolete.  Stay in touch with local and international industry news and constantly assess whether your certification and work history reflects what employers are currently requiring or what you will need to be a successful entrepreneur. If possible, ensure that your career choices are relevant in more than one country. This will improve your employability options. Bear in mind that professionals who have additional skills or skill based careers, are better able to support themselves than their theory based counterparts, in the face of job-loss, or a poor labour market, through freelance work online or via traditional modes. Read the Rest…

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What Do I Need In a Job? – Coach Cheryll Messam

Crucial Career Questions

Whether you are searching for a job for the very first time or thinking about how your career is going, requires careful thought. Above I have shared a brief outline to help you think through what is important to you in selecting your next job opportunity. I encourage you to take the time to carefully brainstorm the answers to each of those elements which comprise the experience of work. You may be surprised at what you find. Hopefully you will learn something important about yourself. Use the information you generate from your brainstorm exercise to find at least 3 job options that have the elements that you have decided on. This will take you closer to finding the right job for you.

If you need help in your job search and career management, please contact me to set up a coaching appointment. Don’t leave before you collect my gift to you below.


e-Book Life is For Living. So How Am I Doing?

– Coach Cheryll

Cheryll Messam
Certified Professional Life & Corporate Coach
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A “Tessmus Gift” For You! Free Coaching Offer on Career Concerns!

Dear Friend,

Do You Have a Career Concern? Well I can help you think more clearly about it and devise an effective strategy to conquer it!

As you may have guessed I am Jamaican. As you may have heard, or witnessed if you know a Jamaican, we-are-completely-over-the-moon-with-joy at the great victory of our fellow Jamaican Tessanne Chin who is now unquestionably The Voice 2013. Of course, we’d like to believe that Tessanne is The Voice Forever!!!  Oh bwoy I digress! As I was saying, I am sooo emotional and inspired by Tessanne’s journey; her relationship with her Coach–Adam Levine, and the wonder of that dynamic; her focus; her determination; her consistent execution and excellence, that in ‘the Spirit of Tessmus”  as we are now referring to this season, I wish to share my gratitude and joy at receiving such a wonderful life lesson in EXCELLENCE! So I am offering a helping hand to any professional who desires it. Other than the gift of Faith, I know of no better gift to offer you than the clarity and encouragement so many receive through Life Coaching. Read the Rest…

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TESSANNE CHIN! What Else Can Her Win Mean?

Tessanne SurprisedDear Friends,

Below I share my facebook post of 18/12/2013 as I am moved to reflect on the significance of my fellow Jamaican Tessanne Chin’s win of The Voice 2013.  Her win is a very emotional experience for me and I continue to think deeply about what it all means about “What is possible?” on a personal level, an individual level and at the societal level. I hope you are uplifted by my ponderings. ~Coach Cheryll


Tessanne Chin’s win of The Voice 2013 can only have lasting value if it inspires…each of us…to take action to be and do our best…and especially to finish our ‘unfinished business’ and thus impact our relationships, and circles of influence (i.e. friends, social/spiritual groups, and organizations/businesses) and our society for better. The power of 1 determined man/determined woman is unmistakeable and repetitive throughout history. Read the Rest…

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