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

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“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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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: cheryll@youinmindjamaica.com or phone: 954-762-7942 (Int); 876-357-6397 (Local)

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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.

 

SUGGESTED APPROACH

  • 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

 

REFLECTION QUESTIONS 

  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)?

 

SUMMARY

  • 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

END OF YEAR REFLECTIONS HANDOUT (For Download)


 

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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.

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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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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.

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Cheryll Messam
Certified Professional Life & Corporate Coach
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Networking For Jobs…Who Do I Ask? – Cheryll Messam, Life & Corporate Coach

If you are job hunting, you will need to go beyond merely responding to job advertisements, and network with persons who know decision makers in the companies you are targeting. This will increase your chances of getting called for an interview, and ultimately landing that job that’s out there for you. Below we share a Networking List of possible persons who can connect you to decision makers in companies you wish to work for.

WHAT TO ASK?

  • Do You Know Anyone Who Works at XYZ Company?
  • Do You Know Anyone Who Works in the XYZ Industry?
  • Would you mind introducing me to the person you know at XYZ Company?
  • Would you mind introducing me to the person you know in the XYZ Industry?
  • Would you mind sharing my resume with XYZ person? Read the Rest…
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