I’ve spoken to clients in the past who have a big problem with confidence when they’re going into a new job.
Recently, I chatted to Grace from @empoweredmillennialgirl and we talked about misconceptions when it comes to confidence. One of those is that confident people can go into any situation without any fear. But that is simply not true – confident people feel fear and nerves too. We’re all human, after all.
When you’re starting a new job, those nerves and that fear can come up because you’re stepping outside your comfort zone – you’re going towards something unfamiliar to you. So your brain doesn’t know what to expect, you don’t have any control over the situation and that can be a terrifying thing.
Showing up confidently is key to making a good first impression.
And imposter syndrome can get right in the way of you doing that.
So today, I want to give you a technique to help you with overcoming imposter syndrome and it’s this.
The night before you start your new job, take 10 minutes out of your evening and just stop for a second. What you’re going to do is get a notebook and a pen, or your laptop or your phone and you’re going to write out all the reasons why you’re qualified to do this job.
It might help you to have your CV there with you to jog your memory. Write down projects that you’ve worked on, certifications you’ve done, courses you’ve been on.
And when you’ve got that all down, you’re going to write what you’ve learned from these or what you’ve taken from each thing. For instance, I’ve completed a neuromarketing course and one big thing I took from that is that marketing needs to be personal – that’s a huge thing in marketing.
You don’t need to do it for every single thing you’ve written down but try and think of a few different things you’ve learned that will help you in your new job.
Now, even if you haven’t worked in this field for very long, you’ll still have some things behind you like a degree or a qualification. And if this is completely new to you, there’ll be other things you can use instead that I’ll get on to in a second.
But once you’ve done that, you should have a list of the things that qualify you to do your new job. That’ll be your abilities, your quals, your skills in your chosen career path.
What you’re going to do next is to make a list of everything you as a person bring to the table. If you’ve got no experience behind you, this is ideal but even if you’ve got years of experience, this is another important step.
For instance, are you a great listener? Are you a patient person? Do you get the job done in a really good turnaround time? Do you support your colleagues when they’re going through personal stuff? Do you help others out when they need it?
Make a list of the qualities that make you a great person to employ. This might feel more uncomfortable than the first part of this exercise and that’s because we’re not used to bigging ourselves up in this way.
But when you see it all laid out before you, your abilities, your experience, and what you can bring to the team as a person, you can see that actually you’re going to be a great asset in your new job.
Once you’re done, put this piece of paper out somewhere that you’ll see it before you start your first day of work and it’ll give you that little bit more confidence before you go in.
If you’re looking to dig into this a little deeper, book in for a power hour with me to really boost your confidence and explore this more. A Confidence Booster Session could be just what you need.