During a job search, toeing the line between confidence and arrogance is sometimes difficult.
Sure, you might have strong technical skills and experience. You may have a great network and personal brand, too. And chances are, you probably can find a colleague who can write a glowing letter of recommendation. These factors combine to generate confidence in yourself, a great quality to demonstrate.
However, it’s important not to be overconfident as a job seeker. This discrepancy in expectations demonstrates why:
- Fifty-six percent of job seekers say they’re confident they know what employers are looking for in a candidate
- Only 15 percent of hiring managers say nearly all or most job seekers have the skills and traits they’re looking for
Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s definitely good to walk into any interview with an “I’ve got this!” mentality. However, you need to keep any sign of arrogance in check… and instead focus on displaying humble confidence.
Here are four signs that your ego is hurting your job search:
1. You Aren’t Seeking Advice from Mentors
One of the biggest mistakes you could make during your job search is not having a mentor. Seventy-four percent of hiring managers say job seekers should have a mentor or seek advice from a career counselor during their job search. This advice is crucial for your success because you’ll be able to better match your skills and experience with the qualifications for jobs you’re interested in.
2. You Rely Solely on Your Experience and Skills
Many job seekers depend on their prior experience and technical skills when filling out job applications. While your experience and skills serve as a good starting point, there are some other factors you need to consider.
Hiring managers are not only looking for experienced candidates, but also those who’d be the best person for the position. Hiring managers want to hire candidates who have the best personality, attitude, and soft skills needed to fit their culture. If you overlook these attributes when writing your resume and cover letter, you could be missing out on the key qualifications employers seek.
3. Your Attitude Is Setting You Up for Failure
Sometimes, overconfident job seekers can become angry during their job search when they aren’t experiencing the results they anticipated. If you’re landing job interviews but not receiving job offers, this could cause you to feel blindsided by your confidence. When this happens, it’s tempting to blame the interviewer for not seeing you as a desirable candidate.
Instead of blaming things outside of your control, you need to hold yourself accountable for your attitude and remember there will be more opportunities better suited for your expertise.
4. You Aren’t Willing to Learn or Adapt
One of the biggest hurdles you need to overcome in your search is the ability to expand your knowledge and use it to adapt to new situations. If you’re feeling like you have all the skills you need to be successful, you need to change your mindset now. Throughout your entire career, you’re going to build upon your current skills and experience.
This is the only way you’re going to have a competitive advantage during your search and impress hiring managers with your hunger for knowledge.
Need a Solution? Check Yourself for Overconfidence
The only way you’re going to find out if your ego’s interfering with your search is if you take a step back. Look at your strategy for applying for jobs to find out what’s working and what’s not. Once you figure out what’s holding you back in your search, see if it’s related to your overconfidence. It’s easy to think any employer would be lucky to have us, but you have to be realistic and keep the employer’s needs in mind first.
Are you guilty of letting your ego interfere with your job search? How do you think overconfidence can set job seekers back?
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About the Author: Heather R. Huhman is a Glassdoor career and workplace expert, experienced hiring manager, and founder & president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for job search and human resources technologies. She is also the instructor of Find Me A Job: How To Score A Job Before Your Friends, author of Lies, Damned Lies & Internships (2011) and #ENTRYLEVELtweet: Taking Your Career from Classroom to Cubicle (2010), and writes career and recruiting advice for numerous outlets. Follow Heather on Twitter!
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