How often does this happen to you? You see a great career opportunity, you grow extremely excited, start envisioning yourself in the role, but do not apply because you know you would never get the job. How do you actually know that?
Do not remove yourself from the opportunity by not applying for the job you want; this is not your job. Your job is to sell yourself as best as you possibly can for said opportunity.
Cart before the horse people, do not worry about things which do not exist yet, the job does not exist yet, but applying for it does. First focus on getting the interview, nailing the interview, getting the job offer, negotiating your salary and benefits and then focus on doing the best job you possibly can do.
Impostor syndrome is very real and it is debilitating people from success each and every day. Successful people question their ability, even when their work history has shown that they have succeeded at everything they have put their minds to. Learn to acknowledge impostor syndrome and how to overcome it.
I have had over seven different roles in the past six years and it is because I refuse to quit trying. I refuse to not apply for a job, just because I do not tick off every qualification the employer is looking for.
The job posting is the employer’s dream list; they themselves do not anticipate hiring someone who fills each and every qualification listed. Employers are looking for the right attitude and personality; skills are trainable, but personality, work ethic and attitude are things employees come into the role with.
I often find individuals are fretting about issues which are none of their concern, rather than focusing on what is in their control. When you see a job posting and it is calling out to you, do not think about how you will do in the interview or in the role, first focus on writing an incredible cover letter and resume. Always update your cover letter and resume, never submit a stale copy without working on it.
One of the biggest issues I have seen, when individuals are not successful in attaining the role they want, is they are too busy dreaming about being in the role, rather than hustling and doing everything they can to be prepared for the interview. You have to research, research and research. You need to get your hands on as much information as you can about the company, the employees and their mission.
Once you have created your ideal application, share it around. Send it, with the job posting, to a trustworthy friend, colleague and/or mentor. You are not in this journey alone and do not be afraid to seek advice, feedback and insight from others, but do be careful who you are seeking out and why. You do not need to shout from the rooftops that you are applying for a job, because a lot of people can be negative and bring you down, but do seek advice from positive people in your life, whose career trajectory is inspiring to you.
Make sure you thoroughly researched the organization, its mission, values and goals and ensure that you incorporated them into your application. Many individuals tend to spend a lot of their cover letter talking about themselves and their past experiences, but making no connections to the role they are applying for. Work on incorporating your skills into the role being advertised for. Show how the skills you have will work to enhance the role; this also shows the hiring panel that you have done the research and understand their organization.
Once you get the interview, ask the organization for a full job description because sometimes what they post is not the full day-to-day responsibilities of the job. Make sure to research top interview questions and create sound examples for potential questions. Practice answering interview questions in front of the mirror and consider recording yourself. By doing so, you will see if you are doing things you were unaware of. For example, some people tend to overuse the word ‘like,’ when they are nervous and it can be overwhelmingly distracting to the interview panel. Others tend to not make a lot of facial expressions when they are nervous and may lack eye contact or presenting a friendly demeanour. Practice and mock interviews will help you with these glitches and a friend or family member is a great person to practice with.
Once you have done the interview, make sure to email the panel, thanking them for their time and then, let the interview go. Do not dwell on what you said right or wrong, just let it go, knowing you went in fully prepared and gave it your all.
Once you are offered the job, make sure to hold your ground and negotiate your salary. Many people become borderline embarrassed of this part of the process, but it is vital. Ask for what you deserve and do not be afraid to counter their first offer. They want you on their team, you are not begging them to hire you, they chose you, out of many applications and interviewees, so you are allowed to ask for your worth.
Once you start the role, hit the ground running. Create positive relationships with colleagues quickly and determine your working style clearly and vocalize it well. Do not try to emulate or follow in the footsteps of whoever did the role before you; make the job your own and understand that everyone has unique skill sets and you were hired for your personal working style.
This process works, but it requires grit. You are not going to get an interview for every job you apply for and you are not going to get an offer for every job you interview for, but that cannot bring you down. Each application and interview are learning opportunities, so see the value in each success and short-term failure.
Good luck and happy job hunting!