Job Choices - February 2013 - (Page 32)
by Kevin Gaw
Question: Does career confidence really matter? Answer: Yes.
n addition to the requisite skills, experiences, and organizational match being sought for a position for which a candidate is applying, most employers screen for what I call “career confidence.” Career confidence is not self-confidence, nor is it selfassurance of one’s capabilities that they can “do the job.” (Insider tip: An instant interview red flag is when a candidate comes off as entitled, overly confident, or egotistic.) Rather, career confidence involves passion, purpose, and a realistic career plan. Employers want to know if you care about the position and the organization to which you are applying, if you will find meaning and direction in the work, and if you have carefully thought about how the opportunity fits onto your career path. They want to know if you think the opportunity is a match with your values and if you think you will grow in the position. Bringing new employees onboard is an expensive process, and employers want to make good hiring decisions. And, you want to be hired by the right people for the opportunity that matches you.
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What’s Your Career Confidence?
I don’t feel confident with my career decisions and/or career plans. I feel lost and need help in deciding what to do with my major and my career.
I feel slightly confident of my career decisions and/ or career plans. I feel confused between several options, and I need help in deciding what to do with my major and my career.
I feel confident of my career decisions and career plans. I know what I want to do, but I have questions about how to make it all happen. I could use some help.
I feel very confident of my career decisions and career plans. I know what I want to do and how to make it all happen. I may need some assistance with some skills to help me out.
I feel extremely confident of my career decisions and career plans. I know what I want to do and how to make it all happen. At this time, I don’t feel like I need any assistance.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Job Choices - February 2013
Job Choices - February 2013
Opportunities by Employer/Website Index
Starting Your Job Search
Playing Fair: Your Rights and Responsibilities as a Job Seeker
8 Steps to Job-Search Success
What Employers Want
Social Media in Your Job Search
Stoke Interest With Pinterest
Building Relevant Work Experience
Tips for Maximizing Your Internship Experience
The Art of Writing Job-Search Letters
Principles for Letter Writing
Build the Resume Employers Want
The Veteran’s Guide to Developing a Resume
Questions to Ask Your Interviewer
Dress for Interview Success
Interview Types and Tips
Tips for Becoming a Video Interview Star
Uncle Sam Wants You: Federal Jobs and Internships For Students and Recent Graduates
Your First Year on the Job
Grad School: To Go or Not to Go?
Grad School: Application Timeline
Grad School: Getting In
Opportunities by Occupation
Job Choices - February 2013