It is so easy to condemn ourselves.
We have gone through a period of searching and filtering through employment options, then when we get that job we so desire we start becoming apprehensive that we are not good enough to perform successfully in the role. We may feel our experiences and academic qualification don’t line up with the requirements of the job. But this should not deter you.
Rather than feeling guilty for being the one picked for the job, look inwards and realize that you really do have powerful things to offer your new workplace:
1. You are passionate
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs
If you are someone who is excited about every new project- even when you are not the perfect fit to execute it- you still bring a lot of energy to seeing that the job is completed successfully. What fuels you is not simply the nature of your job, but you are passionate about being challenged in a new work environment. Your passion and work ethic will become characteristic and could energize your workplace. Never underestimate your passion as it is something every employer likes to see.
2. You have integrity
“You are not your resume, you are your work.”- Seth Godin
Employers love credibility. Your reputation, if solid, can help you soar above controversies and earn excellent recognition. You may not be the most talented person in the workplace but when what you do is consistent with the highest ethical standards you are sure to make an impression on your employer and on fellow employees.
3. You are bold
“All happiness depends on courage and work.” ― Honoré de Balzac
You are willing to try new things. Your boldness means you are willing to accept new challenges and to take risks even when there is a high degree of uncertainty and a strong possibility of failure. You can speak up and say what you think and feel will work- even in a difficult situation. Employers tend to admire men and women who can speak their minds.
4. You are competent
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.”- Dr. Seuss
You can be entrusted with work and you are determined not to disappoint your boss. You are dependable and can prioritize tasks. You are able to separate the relevant from the irrelevant and then focus on what needs to be done. Such reliability makes you attract responsibility, and is something you should be proud of.
5. You are likable
“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”- Jim Rohn
People with warm personalities are always more popular and effective in the workplace. They can collaborate and connect with others, making team projects a success. Employers love it when an employee can be easygoing, cooperative, and friendly. Such an attitude shows that they are willing to be part of a team and part of the work family. Being likable creates a positive atmosphere and a sense of ease in the workplace, breeding joy and work satisfaction.
6. You have the willpower to make things work
“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”– Denis Waitley
Definitely there will be challenges in the workplace and things could get bumpy. However, you have the inner strength and willpower to continue in the face of hardship and persevere against the odds that you are up against. Your willpower will help you maintain your cool when there is an inevitable crisis during the day-day-day operations of the company.