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Insecurity, Job Search and Your Career

This quote really struck me; I see the effects of insecurity constantly in my coaching practice.

Insecurity is insidious, it sidetracks a Job Search, interviews, negotiating; the whole process. It doesn't stop there.

Insecurity continues into a new career and can slow or even halt career development.

I won't even go into how it can hinder and sabotage a personal life.

So what to do? Lots of ideas around this, but learning how to cope is Step 1. Building on small wins as a start, notice when you didn't feel insecure - and identify what made you feel secure.

Step 2: Model traits and habits of people that appear secure (though they might feel just as insecure as you do - they are better at masking it).

Above all, work on "root cause analysis". An engineering way to say, what's causing your feelings of insecurity. This can be a long process and might go deeper than just coaching.

If you're feeling it, and it's affecting you - reach out; don't let it fester and grow. Talk to someone about it and confront it.

A great resource is Amy Cuddy's book Presence.

It's a great read on how to confront Insecurity along with short term and long term solutions.

To get a feel, her TED Talk is terrific. I recommend her work especially during an active job search, it can really help with interviewing and more.

Just remember : you are stronger than your insecurities.


I'm a certified Career Coach, long time Silicon Valley Recruiting Leader and lead Job Search, Career Development and Career Success programs at the Wharton Executive MBA Program in San Francisco. I also coach through HireClub.

If you’d like to discuss the ideas in this post or other areas where Coaching might help - I’d love to share. All initial sessions are free and we dive right in. There is never any pressure or push.

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