I read an article this morning (link above) about how your own “stinkin’ thinkin'” could be the main deterrent in someone not getting a job. After I chuckled for a few minutes about the beauty of the phrase “stinkin’ thinkin'” I realized that this is so right, it’s common sense and therefore not mentioned often. Experts suggest having a positive attitude during the job search process, but that can be difficult when the positions available in your industry are looking for a different skill set or, well, something else you don’t have.
The article talks about John, an older man who worked his way up to the executive level, despite not having a degree. He decided to switch careers and was continuing to interview for executive level jobs in an industry in which he had no experience. Now, many of us would not have the guts to do that, but this man had enough self-confidence that he applied for these positions, got the interviews, and then aced the interviews. He aced them. This guy has no experience in that industry, no degree, and he still rocked it out. How is this possible? Because he thought he could do it, so he did.
This is (well kind of) like the little engine that could. No one thought he could make it up that hill, but he did. Outsiders to John’s situation (definitely me, maybe others) would never have thought he would be able to get an interview for an executive position with no industry experience, but he did.
So if a job looks interesting, go for it. It may not seem like the perfect fit on paper, but who knows what will happen in practice? It’s impossible to predict, so just keep on thinking that you can and just apply.
TL;DR: apply for jobs that look interesting, even if you don’t think you’re good enough. You are. Just be confident