Infographic: Job search self-efficacy
Increasing your job search self-efficacy (JSSE) is a great way to improve your opportunities and job search outcomes. Whether we notice it or not, our self-perceptions actively influence our performance. If we believe in our capabilities, we’re more likely to achieve our job search goals and improve our wellness.
Job search self-efficacy
Being confident in yourself and your capabilities is the key to being successful in the job search.
What is it?
Job search self-efficacy (JSSE) refers to our confidence in our skills and ability to find a job.
There’s a positive relationship between our JSSE and our performance- the more confident we are in ourselves, the better our job search outcomes will be.
Some personality traits positively affect our JSSE.
Research shows that high levels of proactivity, conscientiousness, optimism and extroversion can increase our self-confidence.
Support + Community
Support gives us the emotional resources we need to navigate any of the barriers we might meet in the job search- increasing JSSE.
It can be beneficial to connect with other job seekers, to give and receive support from people navigating a similar experience.
Developing relevant skills is another way to grow your confidence.
If you’re starting your career, you might find it helpful to develop fundamental skills like resume and cover letter writing. If you’re mid-career, it might be more beneficial to work on coping skills, resilience and controlling negative emotions.
5 tips for increasing job search self-efficacy
- Create a plan that accounts for your routine + self-care.
- Connect with close friends and family.
- Develop the relevant skills for your career stage.
- Join job seeker communities for peer support.
- Try the Buoyancy app.