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Why Confidence Is the Most Important Quality a Candidate Can Have

Why Confidence Is the Most Important Quality a Candidate Can Have
From Recruiter - September 8, 2016

In my experience, theres one quality that separates job seekerswho are successful in their searches from those who flounder. Its not the college they went to, the degree they hold,or how smart they are. Its not aparticular certification or a certain amountof experience.

The thing that makes all thedifference is confidence in their own abilities.

Im not talking about being completely unrealistic and assuming youcan become an accountant without having a background in math, for example. What Im talking about is seeing arequirement on a job description andknowing you can do it, despite not having done it before at work. Even with no professional experience, you feel its in your wheelhouse.

You Cant Land a Job Without Putting Yourself Out There

For many people, putting themselves in the running for a job when they dont meet every single qualification seems like a terrible idea. They assume itll be a waste of time, and theyrecertain theyllbe embarrassed when theyreturned down. But in reality, by not submitting themselvesfor a job, theyresaying theyrenot good enoughwithout even giving the company the chance to see their resume.

This is an area in whichyouth can beat experience. Its much more common for a young person to feel comfortable applying for a job they arent a perfect fit for. Thatmakes sense, because theyre just starting out. What do they have to lose?

But think of this problem from another perspective. When a job is created, a job description must be written. In many cases, the hiring manager enjoys writing a job description as little as you enjoy updating your own resume. The hiring manager may pull the post together from old descriptions or random onesthey find on the Internet. Ultimately, the list of required skills may or may not really reflect whats necessary for the role.Its a wish list more than anything else.

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