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Self-Doubt: Is It Plaguing Your Job Search?

Priscilla’s Disclaimer: Some content in this article was originally published in October 2014 and has been republished here with the addition of new content.

Upon publishing a previous article entitled, Oh, The Wait, I received a comment from Mr. John N. Frank of Always Be Job Hunting, which served as the inspiration for this article. He wrote:

“Long-term unemployment is so tough, but keep fighting the good fight. And always keep believing in yourself.”

Now, while his comment was encouraging, it also left me wondering: Do I still believe in my abilities and the value they’ll bring to a potential employer?

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Self-Doubt: Is It Plaguing Your Job Search?
Unsplash Original Photo Courtesy of Niko Soikkeli. Edited by Priscilla.

An Example of Self-Doubt During the Job Search: My Experience

Sadly enough, upon pondering, I confessed: self-doubt, defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a feeling of doubt about one’s own abilities or actions,” had left me doubting my ability to get hired.

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7 Bad Habits That Might Be Holding Back Your Job Search Efforts

Here on Serenity Amidst Frustration, you read a lot about developing good habits, throughout unemployment. There are articles with tips on: practicing gratitude, taking care of your whole self, getting wholesome laughs, targeting your job search, engaging in an interesting/skill-building activity, taking breaks, accepting your unemployment status, thriving on hope, maintaining a positive outlook, managing stress.

These habits—no doubt—are beneficial in coping with unemployment and moving forward. I say this from personal experience.

But, while these good habits move you forward, there are also bad habits fighting to hold you back. They drain your energy and negatively affect your job search efforts.

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Researching a Company Before Applying, Researching Potential Employers

Researching a Potential Employer is a Process You Should Not Skip Before Applying for a Job

Here’s something interesting from the Harvard Business Review:

“Employers are researching each of us digitally 24/7/365.”

They’re collecting your online information. Analyzing and scoring you. Evaluating whether to hire you based on their findings.

They’re doing their homework.

And guess what?

You should be doing your homework, too.

You should be researching your potential employer, so you’ll have operational knowledge before applying for the job.

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Self Management Job Search Tips When You're Unemployment, Time Management Job Search Tips

15 Self-Management Job Search Tips Worth Implementing When You’re Coping With Unemployment

You can’t manage a prolonged job search properly without self-management. With so many activities involved nowadays, you must make the most of your time to accomplish them.

Self-Management during the Job Search

Good self-management skills help you press through your search for a job courageously, despite the disappointments and rejections you receive.

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Keeping Positive in a Long Job Search, Staying Positive in a Long Job Search

10 Principles for Staying Positive in a Lengthy Job Search

You’re most likely familiar with the challenge of staying positive during this time.

I’d say this is a common experience all job seekers can relate to.

Why? Because you face many impacts when you’re embarked on a lengthy job search.

These impacts lead to frustration and anxiety, if you think about them too often. You’ve noticed this, right?

Thing is: you can’t let these feelings take over. You must do what you can to stay positive—even in unemployment. It’s a necessity.

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