We all experience some form of anxiety, tension, stress or worry when we interview; but you won’t interview well when your job search becomes an obsession. Feeling stressed only magnifies the problem and to move forward with your career, you need to be clear about what you really want. Your mindset, language, and even your body language all play a vital role when seeking a new career and clarity allows you to be present and see things in perspective. When you’re too much in your head, you are not connecting with yourself or others so master your thoughts and get your mind to work for you and not against you. Conclusions and expectations result in misery, so don’t fall into the trap of comparing your past experiences to your future career possibilities. Curiosity gives you courage and clarity gives you the power to take control of your career.



Applying for jobs online can only take you so far, however, when you are networking, you are making real connections with future employers or referrals. Did you know that 50% of all job offers are made from networking alone? Connecting with others may seem like a lot of work initially, but when it’s done well, it’s the closest thing there is to shortcut to a new career. LinkedIn is a great platform for making connections but building rapport covers more than simply adding new LinkedIn connections, it’s about staying in touch. When you’re connecting, you are becoming knowledgeable in your dream career. You get to see where your gaps are so that you can close the gap, and even a recruitment consultant could become your advocate with employers. Connection builds trust and rapport and gives you confidence and credibility in your job search.




Too many people limit themselves with what’s on their resume and allow past work experience to dominate future career opportunities.  Your attitude and “soft skills” are what sets you apart from others so don’t be afraid to emphasize your strong transferable skills and trust your instincts, it shifts your mindset from problem to solution. When you’re confident in your abilities, you get clearer on what you want, and you start attracting the right opportunities. Confidence is when you’re focused on the outcome and are strategic in your job search.  You don’t take things personally and you adapt, learn and grow from disappointing interviews.  Being confident means you’re truly present and you come across likable in a self-assured way. It’s confidence without arrogance where you show resilience, are a strong negotiator and really know your value.