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Job Search Tip #8: Fake It Till You Make It

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This may be a controversial tip, but I do truly believe in faking it till you make it (FITYMI). This doesn’t mean pretending or lying about your skills or abilities to get a job, but rather forcing yourself to do things that may initially make you uncomfortable or scared to get to where you want to be. It’s about boosting your confidence so that you believe in yourself. If you’re insecure or scared no one else is ever going to trust in you or believe in you.

This could be as simple as getting a new wardrobe to fit in at your new workplace, although FITYMI doesn’t require going into credit card debt to make it seem like you’re successful on the surface. It also doesn’t mean losing your own sense of style but rather dressing in a mature way that says you’re ready to handle responsibility. It could also mean buying books about your industry and taking night courses to improve yourself and learn more. Attending industry events, networking and learning more about your field is another important way to FITYMI. Who cares if you don’t know anyone else? Act like you belong and work the room. Start a blog to show off what knowledge you do have and position yourself as a leader in the field.

Very soon you won’t be faking it anymore.

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Job Search Tip #5: Relax a little.

Finding a job is actually a full-time job in and of itself. So every once and awhile you need to cut yourself some slack, stop hitting refresh on the job board web page and step outside. See from friends. Call your mom. Your whole life can’t be work, and it won’t be even if you get the job (well, hopefully it won’t be). Plus the desperation and frustration will come through in an interview. I’m not saying don’t take every opportunity seriously but cut yourself some slack. You’re not the first person to be without a job for awhile and chances are this won’t be the last time you’re between opportunities (by choice or not). You have other things going on in your life that are important too!

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