Are You an Imposter? (read it on fastcompany.com)
Why Read It? If you're reading this, you're probably high-achieving. And if you're high-achieving, you probably experience imposter syndrome - that feeling when you don't believe you deserve the job, title, or career that you've landed.
- Three quarters of Harvard Business School students feel like they got in by some failure of the admission process. This extends to professional workers who live with a fear that sooner or later something is going to happen that will cause people to recoil in horror and say, 'How did we hire this person?"
- People who always perceive themselves as imposters are often also perfectionists. They will set unrealistic goals and then experience self-defeating thoughts when those goals aren't met. "Perfectionism often turns neurotic imposters into workaholics."
- The task for imposters is to acknowledge and go public with the fact you may feel underqualified for your job. Then, fellow perfectionists can loosen up, eliminating the need for further self-protective perfectionism.
"If perfectionism is driving you, then shame is riding shotgun."
Should You Apply for a Job You're Not Qualified For? (read it on forbes.com)
Why Read It? Look around - a lot of people in their current roles wouldn't fulfill every criteria that was listed in their job description...So, don't write yourself off the next time you see a dream job that seems just out of reach.
- Bridge the Gaps: If the job description includes a long list of requirements that you're concerned you don't have, consider what qualities and services you bring to the table that will help put you on an equal footing.
- Show Them You Will Be Great: Don't just talk about it, be about it! Show you are serious about the role and force hiring managers to seriously consider you.
- Don't Forget the Power of Networking!
If you've decided to go for it and apply for a job that you may not be qualified for, great! "But whenever you're putting yourself forward for a role that's a bit of a stretch, you have to put in some extra legwork. If this truly is a job you'd love, though, and it's something you think you could be great at, it's worth it."
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