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Confidence vs Competence. Selling yourself.

Are you too confident to find a job?

Many of our clients come to us because they have been struggling to find a job or just get a promotion and move up the career scale.

Many of them are already confident in themselves and in their abilities, but there seems to be something holding them back from getting a job…
This really perplexes some of them, because some of the job ads read as if they’re tailor-made for them. And yet, they aren’t landing those positions.


Well, part of the problem is that most people only know the very basics of how to increase their chances of getting an interview.
Things like dressing smart, carrying yourself with confidence, and being conscious of the language you use. These things all help, of course, but they aren’t the most important factor when it comes to making a lasting impression in order to find a job.
It doesn’t matter how well you’re dressed or how nice you smell if you’re unable to articulate why you’re the right person for the job. In order to do this, there are a couple of things you need to get on top of:

For a start, don’t let your ego get in the way.

You may think that you’re the best person for the job, but you have to understand that there are a lot of talented people in this world. So what exactly makes you uniquely qualified for the job? How are you different from the masses of individuals applying for the exact same role?
Instead of letting your ego get in the way by thinking you’re the best at doing everything, consider what your strengths are and learn how to leverage these to the best of your ability.

This brings us to the next point:

You need to learn how to communicate (the right way)

There’s a huge difference between being confident in your abilities and actually being able to communicate that you’re competent to another person.
A lot of people are super confident in themselves, but when they’re trying to explain it to someone else it’s not really linking up – it’s as if something is getting lost in translation. This is because they haven’t clearly communicated their USP and what value they’d bring to the company – at least not in the way that the other person is looking for.
In other words, they don’t really know how to relay this information clearly, and they don’t come across as an expert in their field.

Are you too confident to find a job?

Your capacity to do a particular job is something that you constantly need to reinforce and prove because it’s all about credibility.
When you’re looking to hire somebody or even buy a product, more often than not you’ll pick the option that has the stronger and more positive public perception – this is because if someone or something is credible, it’s also likely going to be reliable. The opposite is also true, which is why your professional brand is an invaluable thing to get right in your quest to find a job.

Until next time,
Thai Ngo.

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