Top 5 tips to boost your self-confidence when looking for a job
Don’t be daunted by job adverts, get confident and find a new role!
If you’re feeling under-confident it can be a real challenge to apply for a job, particularly if you don’t fulfil stated requirements 100%. But, remember, you have years of experience to offer and the UK is currently in the midst of the worst skills crisis in history. Employers are crying out for experienced staff. For the next 10 years there will not be enough young people leaving school to fill the number of vacancies UK employers have.
People over 50 can feel particularly vulnerable because you may anticipate ageism and prejudice towards older people. (not sure if we should mention prejudice here?)
If you’re over 50 don’t be daunted the hiring process, and don’t be put off applying for a new role as top UK employers are increasingly keen to complement their existing workforce with experience mature staff.
Here is Flexiworkforce.com’s handy guide to getting more confident when presenting yourself to future employers:
1. Give your CV facelift
There are many things you can do to give your CV a quick makeover. Firstly, it is important to make your CV as ‘ageless’ as possible by limiting your work experience section to employment undertaken within the past two decades. Remove any details which reveal clues to your age, such as the year you left school. After doing this, brush up on the content of your CV, and make sure that it looks good aesthetically. For more tips on re-vamping your CV go to Flexiworkforce.com. (please add FULL Link to advice)
2. Make a list of all your greatest achievements in life
Your greatest achievements will illustrate your work ethic and will showcase the reasons why you feel you would be a great candidate for the jobs you are applying for. Refer to the list whenever you feel down for an instant confidence boost. Additionally, memorising your greatest life achievements will serve you well in interviews where you must be able to quickly summarise why you would be a good fit for the role.
3. Put together an outfit that makes you feel good
One of the most stressful aspects of going for an interview is deciding what to wear! Make this process simpler by choosing a high-quality interview outfit that makes you feel fantastic. Ensure that your interview outfit is smart enough for a business situation but inject a little personality to stand out from the crowd. Staying in touch with latest trends can make you appear more youthful, but looking like a fashion victim could put employers off!
4. Take care of your health
The healthier you are, the younger you will appear to potential employers. You can boost your wellbeing by doing regular exercise, socialising with friends and members of your community, eating well and taking steps to keep your mind active. Taking care of your general wellbeing will make you feel more confident and happy in your own skin, and this will translate into success at interviews.
5. Get a new hobby
Essential to keeping your mind active, getting a new hobby will this will take you out of your comfort zone and make you feel more confident. Volunteering is a great way to keep your skills fresh while learning new ones to make your CV shine while making new friends and contacts that could help you into a new role.
Want to work flexibly? Go to Flexiworkforce.com to browse all new jobs.
Latest posts by Silversurfer's Editor (see all)
- Which travel adventure is top of your Bucket List? - June 26, 2017
- Does the country need a new ‘caretaker’ prime minister? - June 25, 2017
- Escape to Ardencote Manor - June 25, 2017
- Five Essentials for Carers Looking After Someone with Dementia - June 22, 2017
- Over 50s ‘should have more sex to boost their IQ’ - June 22, 2017
Leave a Comment!
Community Terms & Conditions
These content standards apply to any and all material which you contribute to our site (contributions), and to any interactive services associated with it.
You must comply with the spirit of the following standards as well as the letter. The standards apply to each part of any contribution as well as to its whole.
be accurate (where they state facts); be genuinely held (where they state opinions); and comply with applicable law in the UK and in any country from which they are posted.
Contributions must not:
contain any material which is defamatory of any person; or contain any material which is obscene, offensive, hateful or inflammatory; or promote sexually explicit material; or promote violence; promote discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or age; or infringe any copyright, database right or trade mark of any other person; or be likely to deceive any person; or be made in breach of any legal duty owed to a third party, such as a contractual duty or a duty of confidence; or promote any illegal activity; or be threatening, abuse or invade another’s privacy, or cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety; or be likely to harass, upset, embarrass, alarm or annoy any other person; or be used to impersonate any person, or to misrepresent your identity or affiliation with any person; or give the impression that they emanate from us, if this is not the case; or advocate, promote or assist any unlawful act such as (by way of example only) copyright infringement or computer misuse.
Nurturing a safe environment
Our Silversurfers community is designed to foster friendships, based on trust, honesty, integrity and loyalty and is underpinned by these values.
We don't tolerate swearing, and reserve the right to remove any posts which we feel may offend others... let's keep it friendly!