So, you’ve found a great job and you’re actually doing really well in it. However, for some reason you don’t quite feel like you deserve to be where you are. You feel like this is a mistake, and you’ve somehow tricked everyone here into thinking you belong. And they will soon find out you don’t! What you’re feeling is called imposter syndrome and it is very common among successful people.
Unfounded as it is, imposter syndrome is one symptom of success that may actually catch you by surprise once it hits. It can make you paranoid, guilty and anxious. The thing about it is, 9 out of 10 times it is based on nothing! To clear your mind of your mistaken assumptions, remember these things.
Many people applied for this job. You were chosen
If you didn’t deserve to be here, wouldn’t that make every single person who interviewed you, reviewed your work, and mentored you grossly incompetent? You were chosen for good reason.
Trust the people who believe in you
If you respect and admire the people who have helped you along your career path, do you really think they’d make a mistake this big? What’s more likely—you’re doing a good job, or all these people have no idea what’s going on?
Another thing to think about is how much credit you’re giving yourself as a liar and trickster by not giving yourself credit for your actual work. Did you try to trick anyone into thinking you were better than you are?
If not, do you think you’ve pulled a gigantic con on the intelligent people around you entirely by accident? Are you that much of a genius at lying? Or is it more likely you’re just good at your job?
Imposter syndrome can make you feel like you’re walking on pins and needles everyday of your work life, but most of the time it’s totally illogical! You are as good as people who believe in you say you are. Believe that as you strive to become even better!
Although automatic pay raises are the standard in some place, in most it’s not that straightforward. If you believe it’s time for a raise then it’s up to you to get the ball rolling.
Do some research
See if you can find some documentation regarding the company’s compensation policies. Evaluate your performance, and contributions you’ve made.
Have you helped increase profits in any way? Have you helped other employees in any capacity? What strengths do you bring to the position?
Have all those facts prepared before you start talking money.
Keep a running tally
It can be hard to remember all your great contributions over an extended period of time. That’s why it is a great idea to keep a running tally of your accomplishments. Goals you’ve met. Projects where you’ve made positive contributions. Revenue you’ve brought in, savings that can be attributed to you.
Don’t fade into the background
Make sure you get noticed. Speak up when opinions are asked for (even when they’re not) Ask questions, offer insights. Take opportunities when they are presented.
Don’t bring any negatives into the conversation. Even if you believe you work harder than others, stay longer, put up with more, only discuss the positives.
Be aware of timing
If you know the company is going through a difficult time financially then it’s not the right time to approach anyone for a raise. However if things are going well don’t wait for them to notice your good work. Make sure they are aware of it.
Don’t just talk about what a great job you’ve done, bring in concrete proof and wow them! The question won’t be will they give you a raise or not, it will be how much?
A New Year is upon us. A chance to reflect on what came before and determine what we will choose to do going forward. An opportunity look at everything in our lives with a renewed perspective. A fresh slate without a word yet written.
To all that potential, to all the opportunities and fresh starts, to the do overs and the do for the very first times, we say bring it on!
Bring on the challenges. Bring on the adventures. Bring on the triumphs and the failures.
2019 -Welcome! We can’t wait!
Questions you’re likely to see in a job interview include: Where do you see yourself in 5 years. Tell me about yourself. What is your greatest strength? What is your greatest strength seems like one of the easier ones. Don’t take it too lightly. This question gives you the opportunity to really sell yourself and your abilities. More than the others, is designed to see if you’re the right fit for the job.
Do Your Research
The first thing you want to do is some research. Find out what the company values. What traits do they look for in employees? Take a look at the job description and see what the job requirements are. What seem to be the most important ones? Choose strengths that align with those traits.
Quality Over Quantity
When it comes time for you to consider what strengths you want to mention at your interview, focus on quality rather than quantity. Mentioning a whole host of things you consider yourself good at only shows you’re not great at anything. Focusing on only a couple things you consider your strengths will allow you to paint a stronger picture of yourself and those talents.
Back It Up
When you’ve picked the strengths that best suit the job and position, make sure you have specific stories you can use to demonstrate those qualities. Talk about how and where you developed the skills and instances where they have proven useful. It’s easy to say you have a given strength, it’s much more impressive when you can give specific examples.
That Balance Careers has a couple examples of how to best answer this question, here’s one:
“I am a skilled salesman with over ten years of experience. I have exceeded my sales goals every quarter and I’ve earned a bonus each year since I started with my current employer.”
In this short example, a strength is given, and followed up with proof. Do the same, and you’ll knock this interview question out of the park. Good Luck!
Many of us wish we were better. Better at our jobs, or better with certain skills. The surprising thing is, most of the time, we actually are better then we think we are. How often have you thought “I can’t do this” before you’ve even tried. How often have you seen a job ad and said “I’m not qualified” and didn’t even bother to applying? How often in your work day have you thought “This will be good enough” so that you could go home? Negativity keeps you from reaching your potential.
Zig Ziglar was a salesman. He worked at a number of different companies as a sales person and eventually became Vice-President at the Automotive Performance company. Throughout his career he wrote numerous books about sales and selling and worked as a motivational speaker. Even after an injury reduced his short-term memory, Zig Ziglar continued to speak publicly and write books until his passing in 2012.
His books include “See You at the Top”, Zig Ziglar’s Secrets to Closing the Sale”, “Over the Top”, and “Success for Dummies”. With a following of millions, he was quoted often. Forbes put together a list of some of his best quotes.
Thinking positively is the first step in unlocking your potential. You are stronger and smarter than you give yourself credit for. Keeping a positive attitude is essential to believing you can do the job ahead of you. If you have a negative attitude you’re unlikely to push yourself harder and further to see where your limit is. Don’t let negativity bring you down. Be positive and use the abilities you have to their fullest potential.
You may have had a summer job through school. No doubt the first time you got paid felt like you were the richest person on the planet, but nothing quite compares to the first paycheck you get with a brand new job. With the promise of more paychecks coming, and the beginning of a career underway, where will you spend your hard earned cash? It’s your first paycheck, so you should treat yourself right? Hold on for a moment. There are a couple things you should do first.
Make Sure You Understand it
Your paycheck has a number of pieces of information on it. You’ll see the amount you made during the last pay period, the amount you’ve made to date and the deductions on your pay. Make sure you understand these and that you know what they should be. There’s nothing worse than a clerical error that costs you money that you don’t even notice.
Put 10% into Savings
This doesn’t sound like much fun, but it will always pay off later. Get used to putting money away now to get in the habit. The longer you wait to start saving, the harder it will be. Putting a percentage of every paycheck into savings gets you used to the practice and it adds up quickly.
Start a Budget
Now you know how much you’ll be making every month. Start to plan around that. Look at your expenses like bills, rent and food. Once all of your bills are paid, how much do you have left over? Starting a budget early will help you stay out of debt and will give you a clear indication of how fiscally sound you are.
Look at the Long Term
You’ve got the month-to-month down and you’re putting some money into savings every paycheck. Now’s the time to look long term. Are you going to be in the market for a new car? Maybe a house in a number of years? Keeping these long term goals in mind will help you aim towards them and adjust your spending accordingly.
Once you’ve done all the work of understanding your money, then you get to treat yourself. You’ve earned it after all. Your hard work and dedication have provided you with your first paycheck! Give yourself a pat on the pack and a little something else!