We are hard-wired NOT to "big-up" our abilities and achievements in our culture.  As we are raised, we are told not to show off, not to brag, and largely, we are a nation of polite people who don't push to the front of the queue, and give way to others rather than make a fuss. Of course that doesn't apply to everyone - we have all come across pushy people who are the exact opposite of that description.  And pushy people make good Cheif Executives, politicians, estate agents...etc.etc..

Without going against everything that we have been taught, we can strengthen our self belief.  And we can sell ourselves more convincingly in our CV and in interview.  For example, you can ask yourself these questions:
  • what am I most proud of in my work over the past year?
  • What did I contribute to the last big change in my work?
  • What am I really good at?
  • What skills did I use when I was at my best?

and so on....

And think about what you need to be at your very best. Make a list!

You may find it hard to start the list of your skills and achievements, and that is natural.  But focus on the positives, the tings that you are proud of, and think about a particular piece of work that you know you did very well. Break it down into the component parts so that you know what your contribution was to the success.

In interviews now, they focus on competence based questions. It is no longer good enough to say " I contributed to the success of a project" They will want to know exactly what your contribution was, and why it made a difference. Practice listing what you have done, so that you are clear about what you bring to the table.

If you don't believe in yourself, no-one else will!