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In today’s job market, it’s important to stand out among your peers and within your industry. Being a team player, looking for opportunities to grow your skill set and going above and beyond in your work are all great ways to climb the ranks. What’s the one common personality trait among all of these behaviors? Confidence.
When you lack confidence at work, it can hinder growth, productivity, employee relationships, networking and can negatively impact the workplace culture. Even worse, it can prevent you from getting a job in the first place.
In short, having confidence is what makes us grow in our respective positions and take on new challenges. Read our six tips below on how to build confidence at work while growing your career.
1. Organize Yourself
In order to grow your confidence at work, it’s important to make yourself accountable for the goals you set on a daily, monthly and yearly basis. Let others know the deadlines you create for yourself and then meet those deadlines. Also, be sure to track your progress as it can increase your dependability within both your department and the larger organization. This may be something you are already doing, but it’s a simple way to build additional confidence in the office.
In addition, organize yourself by tidying up your workplace area. Clutter and disorganization on your desk can lead to stress which can hinder your confidence levels.
2. Grow Your Skill Set
In order to move up in your career you’ll not only need experience, but additional training and education. Talk with your boss and develop an individual growth plan that outlines additional skills you want to develop and the training necessary to build those skills. Training and career growth not only help build your confidence, but you’ll also see an increase in overall work engagement.
Furthermore, you can learn and grow your skill set and confidence by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Take on new assignments, go out of your way to meet people in your organization, take the reins on a presentation—your options are endless.
3. Dress the Part
Appearance and clothing are significant factors when it comes to confidence in your job. Dressing professionally can help boost confidence at work; however, don’t be afraid to incorporate your own style when dressing professionally. When you find clothing pieces that you feel comfortable in, it will translate into confidence.
Although many businesses have adapted a “business casual” dress code and environment, be conscious of what you’re wearing. When you need added confidence at work, we recommend erring on the side of professional dress.
4. Contribute at All Times
Similar to expanding your skill set, another way to stand out to your coworkers and upper management is to be more active in meetings and discussions. This doesn’t necessarily mean dominating the conversation; instead, it means listening to what is being said and contributing when you have something valuable to add to the conversation.
Also, learn how to become a better team player. Offer to help a fellow coworker on a project, participate in a team brainstorm, be a listening ear or lend a hand, even if it’s unrequested. At the end of the day, you should show your appreciation to your fellow coworkers and celebrate their successes. When you take on the team player mentality, you’re focusing outward which is a common trait of confident people.
5. Learn to Handle Criticism
Not everything at work will go smoothly. When criticism arises, don’t fall into a negative mindset or start to feel inadequate and doubt your abilities. Instead, listen to the criticism and work on self-improvement. Confident people are not afraid to make mistakes and, most importantly, don’t dwell on the past. They learn from these experiences and move on.
At the same time, try to surround yourself with positive people in the office. They might instill the confidence you need to excel at your job. Or, even better, work to create and develop a more positive workplace culture.
6. Draw Confidence From Others
Think about the most confident people in your life. Learn what makes them confident and then mimic that behavior. It’s okay to take on the “fake it ‘til you make it” mentality because you’ll develop a better, positive attitude and grow in the process.
As former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer explains, “I always did something that I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s a moment of, ‘Wow, I’m not so sure that I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough. Sometimes, that’s a sign that something really good is about to happen. You’re about to grow and learn a lot about yourself.”
Spend time with those that appear confident and avoid pessimists.
See also: How to Build Confidence
When you become more confident at work, the more likely you’ll make significant contributions, help out team members and stand out to upper management. When you work hard to boost your confidence, it not only helps increase self-esteem but also helps you realize your true potential.