By: Jennica Lurie, @jennicalurie
People have been telling us that “confidence is key,” since we were kids. As cliché as this phrase may be, it can be applied to every aspect of our lives, whether it is for social or professional purposes. Once we hit middle school, we realized that being socially confident was the only way we were going to survive. And now, here we are, making our way into the professional world, as we continue to be told, “confidence is key,” but don’t just write it off.
The Application Process
As public relations professionals, in order to be successful, we must have confidence in our abilities and ourselves. While applying for the jobs and internships of our dreams over the next couple months, it is vital to think back on our past successes and failures, and what we learned from them. These should be used to inspire us to continue putting all of our effort into our dream job, rather than letting our past mistakes scare us away from a new experience. Be sure to remember just how much you’ve learned while you are updating your resume and how lucky that company would be to have someone as passionate as you working for them.
On the Job
You got your dream internship, congrats! But now, you’ve been given an assignment that you feel is utterly impossible for you to complete. There is no better time to look back at your past work than right at that moment. Read anything that has been published with your name on it, or even a paper that you got a good grade on. Whatever it is that will help you remember just how fantastic of a writer you are, and how successful you have been in the past. When you are done reliving your accomplishments, try going at it again. I guarantee it won’t be as hard after you remind yourself that you can do it.
After you have completed the internship, and provided your absolute best work, it’s time to prepare the application for the job. A part of the application is asking your internship advisor for a recommendation. At this point, you must have confidence that you did your best work during your time with the company. This recommendation could advance you greatly, but you must have the confidence in yourself to ask for it.
Don’t Overdo It
If you are picking up what I’m putting down, then you understand how important it is to believe in yourself. Once you have the power to inspire yourself to be the best public relations professional that you can be, you will be able to encourage others to do the same. This does not mean you should believe you are better than everybody else, or that you have nothing left to learn, but instead that you put your heart into everything, and as a result, reached success. Next time you begin to doubt yourself, remember your past accomplishments, and never stop working toward your PR dream.