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Be Proud First - Justifiable Confidence Fortifies a Job Search

Be Proud First - Justifiable Confidence Fortifies a Job Search

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Tony McKeon – 25 Year Career Coach

Transitioning from one job to another is one of the most difficult things mid-to-late career professionals must do well.  It often jars their nerves, torpedoes the value they associate with their contributions, and significantly diminishes their self confidence.

The Problem

Doubt is a powerful force.  Imagine the scale of change that can occur when self doubt is replaced with justifiable pride and self confidence.  With this in mind, job hunters have some serious work to do as they muster the courage to launch a smart and wholehearted job search effort.

You can’t get value for something you don’t present.  Imagine having a garage sale.  The night before, you pull an old set of skis from a garage corner.  You clean them up and attach a price sticker.  The next night, as you gather all the un-sold items, you wonder why the skis didn’t sell.  When you return them to the same corner you suddenly realize you had a set of adjustable bindings, boots, poles, and ski goggles.  Then it hits you – lots of people would have been interested if you marketed the complete set.  This is what job hunters must do.  It is imperative that they present 8-12 distinct areas of qualification, skills, competencies, and personal traits.

In my work with over 1,000 job hunters across the country, I rarely come across people who have the biggest and best pieces of their complete set figured out before they rush to get underway.   They lose value before they even go to market.  In a logical sequence, one must first identify what makes them most employable and valuable – then, at the right time,  provide substantiation in a way that reflects relevance and value framed in the context of the sought after work place.


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