Building Career Confidence

1610-john-linkBy John Link

Confidence is a key component to career success. A part of that confidence is how well you are proactive in developing areas of readiness for any career. Think about the value of confidence through these helpful tips.

1. Articulate your goals and interests clearly.
Originate your job search by articulating a goal that is specific. The more specific your goal is, the more likely you’ll feel confident in how you’re making progress toward that goal. Gather as much information to assist in making steady progress.

2. Ask a lot of open-ended questions.
Speak to the people who are skilled, experienced, and knowledgeable about the opportunities you’re interested in. Another essential component to career confidence is identifying professionals in your field of interest to help shape your perspective about the career you’re targeting. The more information you have, the stronger you will be when throwing yourself into the job market.

3. Get Involved
Building connections with emerging professionals in your field of interest through professional associations has many benefits. In relationship to career confidence, you’re able to surround yourself with professionals who share similar interests with diversified perspectives in their scope of practice. This gives you the opportunity to hone your networking skills while sharing trending information in your field.

Feeling confident when applying for employment involves knowing the ins and outs of that specific job title, company, and industry as a whole. You’re not expected to know every specific detail, but expanding your perspective does help build a sense of confidence throughout the job search process. Whether you’re applying for your first job or considering a career-shift, building confidence through action is a great step to take in the first of many. For more information, visit the Career Planning & Development Center’s website.

John Link is the Assistant Director in the Webster University Career Planning & Development Center.