We understand the challenges people face when searching for a job. In some cases, it can be a lengthy process, with bumps along the way. When met with obstacles or things not turning out how you imagined, this can have an impact on your self-esteem. Therefore, we wanted to chat about some ways to help boost your confidence during your executive job search journey.
Know your expertise and value
Leveraging your experience and expertise is not only key to the success of your resume, but in acknowledging your accomplishments, you will boost your confidence as well. Make a detailed list of the successes you have brought to previous roles and describe how you achieved your goals and targets. Highlight your executive level skills, which may include strategic thinking, leadership, and decision-making abilities. Ensuring these are top of mind will benefit your self-esteem during interviews and in any networking endeavours.
What you say is important, but how you say it, is critically important!
Create a personal brand
We have spoken in previous blog posts about the importance of establishing a personal brand on social media and utilizing platforms such as LinkedIn. In creating a personal brand, you can focus on the unique strengths you bring to the table, your leadership style, and professional values. Paying attention to details, such as current professional photos, updated roles, skills, and endorsements from your connections, will further build your confidence while showing your executive expertise to potential employers. Remember, what you say is important, but how you say it, is critically important.
Utilize your network
Networking plays a significant role in any job search, but even more so for an executive position. Utilize your professional network to engage in executive level networking opportunities. This might include attending different conferences, or joining groups that are related to your role and/or industry. When you spend time with other professionals, with similar values and goals, it will help elevate your confidence while also building valuable relationships. These connections may lead to opportunities that will further your executive career.
Stay up to date
It is important to educate yourself on industry trends and developments. Being well informed will help you to confidently speak about these changes and allow you to engage and discuss them with others. Whether networking, or interviewing for a job, knowing what is happening in your professional landscape, will only help benefit your chance of success.
Update your resume
If you have worked in a role for an extended amount of time, your resume may not have seen the light of day for many years. Therefore, it is important to ensure your resume is crafted to reflect your most relevant expertise and skill set. Working with a professional resume writer can not only help you craft the ideal resume for your executive role but will also help support you throughout the process. Having a team of people, who are well versed in the many aspects of the resume and job search process may be just what you need to boost your confidence.
Self-care plays a key role in maintaining your confidence. Be sure to carve out time for yourself to do the things you enjoy, get plenty of sleep, eat well, and move your body. Taking time to focus on yourself can help alleviate stress and increase your overall well-being. This can positively impact the confidence you have in yourself and what you are capable of.
If you have questions about your resume or job search, please contact our team today! We are here to help boost your confidence in providing a resume you will be excited to submit to potential employers.