Feeling good about yourself plays a huge part in anything you achieve in life. While the majority of us accept that, there’s always the fear that feeling good about ourselves might make us seem over-confident or worse still, verging on arrogant. In order to dispel this worry it’s important to say that there’s a huge difference between someone who’s over-sure of themselves and someone who’s self-confident.
There are periods in life where success calls for levels of self-confidence that are above and beyond the norm and searching for your next aviation job is one of them. But before we start to explore in detail how important it is to feel good about yourself in order to bag your dream job, it’s probably worth defining what we mean by ‘feeling good about yourself’.
When we use this expression, we’re talking directly about a healthy level of self-confidence. We’re talking about being self-assured and having self-reliance as well as not being too anxious or nervous about situations or experiences you’re facing. It’s about being assertive without being aggressive or arrogant. It’s about believing that you’re as good as everyone else and that you have a whole lot to offer the right aviation employer.
However, all of this said, when job hunting, many people suffer a drop in self-confidence or feel less good about themselves than they need to. Why is this the case? Normally it’s because they are facing a regular onslaught of rejection. No matter whether they’re sending two or 22 CVs per month, if they’re not getting the response they want, it’s easy to allow your confidence and your feel-good factor to take a nose dive. But it’s really important that you keep this in check.
Someone who feels good about themselves is much more likely to present well at interview and impress a prospective employer. It’s for this reason that it’s doubly important to keep your self-confidence in check when job hunting. So if you’re aviation job hunting and feel as if your ‘feel good factor’ is running on empty, here’s some things you can do:
Give yourself a break. If everyone around you is telling you that you’ve failed or you’re not good enough, it’s only too easy to start to believe them. Although this is a harsh way to look at job application rejection, unfortunately it’s how many people start to feel when they’re deep into a job search. The important thing is not to get down on yourself or to over-criticise yourself when you’re job hunting because it’s par for the course that you’ll get a knock-back or two.
Get out there. Being persistent is the key to getting what you want in life, so keeping your goal in mind and going after it even when you’re feeling down is essential.
- Exercise. Exercise is a great way to get things back into perspective. Taking time out to let your brain process events as well as filling your lungs with oxygen will help your self-confidence no-end. When you’re in good shape, you tend to have a better view of yourself, so even if you’re feeling tired, weary and down on yourself, getting out and pumping some blood will make everything seem better.
Have fun. When you’re on the search for your next aviation job, you may well be facing a tightly packed agenda. It may be that you’re hoping to track down your next job while holding down a busy and successful position right now; perhaps you have family commitments that are consuming your time and your attention. Either way, it’s essential that you make some time for fun. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy and Jill a dull girl and feeling dull about yourself shows. A great way to boost your self-confidence is to get out and have some fun with friends and family.
- Network. Staying in touch with friends and colleagues isn’t only good for your feel-good factor; it will also help increase your chances of bagging your dream job. Staying connected with the right people as well as people who’s company you enjoy, won’t only keep you feeling good about yourself, but may just give you the leg up the career ladder you need.
Do some good. Another great way to build your self-confidence and feel good about yourself is to give. Giving might be as simple as spending a few minutes speaking to a lonely neighbour each day or it might be volunteering; either way, it’ll really give you a boost.
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