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Mental Health and Career Confidence: 10 Signs to Know

Posted on May 2, 2023 under Career & Work

Mental Health and Career Confidence: The 10 Signs to Know

Your mental health in the workplace is directly related to your career confidence.

Last week, I wrote to you about 8 mental health conditions I repeatedly see with job seekers who undervalue their professional worth.

Undervaluing your professional worth and lacking career confidence usually co-exist, but there are solutions.

When you bring awareness to where you are holding yourself back, you open the door to move forward and finally make changes in your career.

Below are the 10 signs your career lacks confidence, and the behaviors associated with them.

1. Underpaid – working for free, working for trade/barter, working hourly with no benefits instead of salary, low salary and too much overtime, below competitive market rate, no raise for more than a year.

2. Under-titled – fallen behind peers, doing the work of the next level up without the title (and/or pay), a common or nebulous title that doesn’t translate (such as “Account Executive”), coming from a “flat”organization with no title, creative/cute title, or universal title.

3. Undershooting – typically shows up as “overqualified” to mask experience and head off potential age discrimination, keeping self stuck, safe, and small in a job you already know due to fear of the next level which is unknown.

4. Under-asking – not speaking up for opportunities on the job, not asking your network for opportunities, not pushing back and keeping boundaries.

5. Underemployed – part time employment, having multiple jobs to add up to 1 job, bored and not challenged on the job, way overqualified.

6. Under-negotiating – never negotiating, starting at the floor instead of the ceiling, not knowing your best outcome, never walking away.

7. Under-prepared – self sabotage, you can say you didn’t care so you didn’t get ready, you can blame lack of preparedness on why you didn’t get the job instead of yourself, not really wanting the job but couldn’t say no.

8. Underselling – not advocating for yourself, not having and using your “elevator” pitch, not sharing your skills and strengths, letting others do the heavy lifting for you, “falling into a job.”

9. Under-articulating – sanitizing and eliminating what makes you special, not including your results, not stating who you are and what you want, burying “the lead” of you.

10. Under-satisfied – staying and complaining/bitching about your job, getting miserable and angry which leads to under-performance and under-delivering, getting fired on purpose.

Let's start a conversation about career confidence and mental health – comment below to tell me which of the ten you have seen or experienced.

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– Kelley Joyce, MBA, CPC

Kelley is a career development coach who is dedicated to helping people discover their career path and land their dream jobs. Kelley and her partner Josh live in New York City from which she has served hundreds of professionals across the U.S., U.K., and Australia since 2012 to radically change their relationship with work.




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