We might have heard of self-sabotage. That constantly annoying inner voice, full of negative criticism that won’t allow us to reach our dreams. It will say that we aren’t good enough, smart enough, beautiful enough, qualified enough.

But, after reading this article, we are going to notice that it couldn’t be more wrong. That we are much more qualified than you think.

# Check our competitors

If you we are looking for a job, let's take an honest look at your competitors’ qualifications – by this, I mean people who already have the job that we want. Are they really better skilled than we?

Have we never asked our-self how this or that person managed to get that job considering their lack of expertise?

If you have done it before, it is because you noticed that you were qualified you were in the first place – as this kind of understanding only comes by comparison.

Meaning that, deep inside, we don’t believe that we are in an inferior position. And that we know that there is something more important than certifications when it comes to getting a job.

# Consider the hidden qualifications

A common mistake that many of us make while looking for a job is ignoring the hidden qualifications required on the ad.

We are so eager to check if we have all necessary certifications that we forget to read it carefully and look at some essential keywords.

We will probably notice that most job offers ask us to be passionate about our role, for instance. When any company is looking to contract a new employee, they are eager for fresh ideas as well. And we don’t need any experience for that.

Does it sound like things that you could offer? I am sure they do.

Believe it or not, people who get contracted aren’t those who tick all the boxes in terms of academic background or work experience, but those able to prove that they are a great fit for the company.

Skills can be learned. Behaviour is a much more complicated matter.

# Ask for feedback

If you aren’t convinced about your qualifications, go ahead and ask someone for feedback. Find a person whose opinion you trust and question them about what they think about you professionally.

It can be boss, a colleague, or someone that work in the same industry as we. And it would be even better if it were more than one.

Be prepared to hear what they have to say, but make sure that you tell them that you want to know your strengths as much as your weakness.

Write everything down. You will be surprised by finding out about many aspects of your skills that you didn’t even know that you had.

# Change your point of view

One thing that we have to understand when considering if we are qualified enough or not is to which kind of role we are saying it.

Even though our qualification might not be great to take a management position, it still can be perfect for an assistant job.

And as soon as we put your foot inside the company that we want, it won’t take long for us to be promoted if we fill the gaps in our CV and work hard to be noticed.

So instead of considering that we need to be perfect to get there, remember that every journey starts with the first step.

The bottom line: consider the “why”

You probably have heard many people saying that you are what you think. That if you believe that you aren’t good enough, you won’t be good enough.

That you won’t be able to convince anyone that you are a good fit for the job if you can’t convince yourself in the first place.

So maybe it is time for us to change your mindset. It will be a waste of time go through the steps above if we don’t accept the fact that we are more qualified than you think.

Everybody can tell us that we are wrong, but if we don’t believe in it deep inside, we will always think that they are just trying to be nice.

That is to say that you need to stop and think why we are doing it to yourself. Why do we think that we can’t be just brilliant?

There are many personal reasons for it, and most of them can only be tackled through therapy with the assistance of a seasoned professional. But if this is something that is really holding our career back, maybe it is time for you to take this issue more seriously.

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Comment by Regina Chouza on July 29, 2016 at 7:11pm


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Comment by acellia Cole on July 29, 2016 at 4:08pm

Great time-tested ideas.   All Things Spiritual

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