After my sister had experienced a life changing event, she found herself sleeping on my sofa. At the time she was feeling pretty low. She had low self-esteem and low self-confidence. This was largely to do with her previous relationship, and felt like she was starting life all over again .
But still, she was determined to stand on her own two feet again. Every day she’d wake up and hit the laptop to search for jobs. In the beginning, she was scouring for coffee shop roles, cleaning, and retail assistant roles . Now don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with anyone who works in either role, but you see, the reason she was searching for those roles was because she felt like that was all she was capable of doing. She wasn’t willing to look at anything over minimum wage because she didn’t think that anyone would be willing to pay her any more than that .
Each day she’d find a job description, open up her CV, and as any great CV should be, she started to tailor it to each job that she applied for. This meant she had to rewrite quite a bit of it (all true stuff). She had to come up with examples for each of the things the job description was asking for.
CV number one was complete, and she felt accomplished, and off she sent it . CV two complete, and she started to build momentum. No responses back thus far, but she was taking action, and she was starting to feel those feelings of hope that life was about to get better .
What she and I started to notice though, was that after each application, she started to gain more and more self-belief and self-worth. This was because she was continually being asked to demonstrate how amazing she was, and she had to come up with the goods. She was forced to look at all the treasure that she’d been denying existed.
After application ten, she started to realise that she could do so much more than she first anticipated, and actually turned down a job offer at a coffee shop , as well as another role. This was with the utter belief that she had more to give, which was worth way more than any of those jobs were offering.
She started to apply for higher paying roles which demanded more skill. After over 30 job applications, a few interviews. After digging up her treasure on a daily basis, and blowing her own trumpet , she landed a job at a reputable organisation on more money than she ever thought possible. She would be doing things that she’d always thought she couldn’t do, or was too scared to attempt .
Make time to celebrate your wins and blow your own trumpet.
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Jen Hall is Business Clarity Coach for Coaches, Consultants & Experts who want to become Unrivalled Go-To Experts. Jen not only gets you clear on your micro-niche, message and what makes you unique and desirable, but she helps you to define what makes you an irrefutable offer to the market so you can position yourself as a high-end 'must have' option for your prospects. She is a Multi-Award Winning Speaker and Best Selling Author of Expert Unrivalled.