How to Get Over Imposter Syndrome

August 4, 2016

Career Advice

7908560826_3622bcd3cd_zWe’ve all been there at some point. Maybe it was during a long job search that you started to feel ill equipped and completely unqualified. Maybe it was the day you stepped into the office after a big promotion and you thought, “What were they thinking? I can’t handle this.” Or maybe it’s something you feel on a daily basis and in doing so, you hold yourself back from better opportunities. Regardless of when or how often you feel like an imposter, there is one thing you need to do: get over it. But how? Here are a few helpful ways.

1. Walk the walk. 
Your first step is to take that first step! That’s half the battle. Go through the motions. Wait, here’s an addendum: go through the motions confidently. Get dressed, get to work or your interview, stay positive, and remain confident. “One day at a time” might be your new mantra. Heck, maybe “one hour at a time.” Tackle each issue as it arises instead of looking ahead to your whole week or your entire length of unemployment and feeling completely overwhelmed.

2. Get a pep talk.
Send out a confidential SurveyMonkey (it’s free!) to friends and family and ask them to write down your top three qualities. You’ll feel overwhelmed at the positive messages and overly flattering compliments you’ll receive. It’s a good reminder that you’re a skilled and desirable candidate that any company is lucky to have. And you have the ability to do great things.

3. Take a class.
If part of your fear is that you’re truly lacking some skills you need, sign up for a course, join a group, or attend a conference that can remedy that. Investing in yourself and your career is an investment well made. Don’t use education as a crutch though — at some point, you need to embrace the knowledge you’ve already learned and the experiences you’ve already had and put them to use in the real world.

Image via Serge klk/Flickr.


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