Here at Contemporaries, Inc. we know, first hand, how stressful the process of applying for a job (especially interviewing for that job) can be. And, even if you are prepared, well dressed, on time, and possess a strong resume and related work history, there’s another factor that counts just as much, your mindset. We believe your mental state needs to be in a self-affirming, confident, calm, and positive headspace in order to truly knock the process out of the park, land a well matched job, and excel once there. It’s also a useful life philosophy and also works well outside of work, too. We are here to discuss what you can do daily, even right before your interview, to bolster your self-confidence, challenge negative self-talk, quiet self-doubt, and sabotaging thoughts, and give yourself the psychological boost and edge you will need to succeed.

Here are some tips:

  • First of all, what is an affirmation? It is a short powerful statement. It is a positive statement. It’s as simple as that — lead with intention and say it aloud.
  • You can create your own mantras (or affirmations) but to get you started try: “Today is mine for the taking” or “I choose to be hopeful” or “I am worthy.”
  • Repetition is key when repeating your mantra. The more you say it, the more you believe it!
  • Choose a time of day (many find the morning most productive), and a place that works for you. It can be in front of a mirror when you wake up, or you can take a few moments, over your morning coffee, meditating on your intentions for the day.
  • While saying them aloud is useful, it is also extremely effective to write them down. This adds a conceptual component and engages your brain in a different mental way (pro-tip: it works better if you write them by hand and forgo typing!).
  • Daily affirmations are supported by neuroscience. There is proof that what you vocalize, and think can affect your behavior and overall levels of success and happiness.
  • Still not convinced? Leading research shows that 80% of the 50,000 subconscious thoughts you have in a day are negative ones. So, what do you have to lose? You’ve got this!

So, if you’ve made it this far you’re in luck because here is a simple template that will help you begin your affirmative journey: use present tense, keep it brief but be specific, speak in “I am…”, get creative, write them down by hand, and practice at the same time daily. Our team at Contemporaries, Inc. believes that success in the workforce (just like in life) begins from within. Affirmations can help cultivate a healthy, positive interior life and attract the types of positions and items that you deserve.