How Can I Job Search Confidently When I’m Lacking Skills?

First of all, don’t let the limitations of your previous role cloud how you feel about yourself or convey your worth. If you know you’re capable of doing more and know your skills and self-worth, then you need to jump into a job search with confidence.

How do you do that?

Use these tips when you are preparing for your next interview.

1. Make a List of What You’re Great at

Think about the things that make you feel good about yourself. Are you gifted at organizing or creating systems and processes that improve efficiency? Or, are you great interpersonally and have a knack for making people feel heard and welcome?

Start creating a list of those attributes. This will not only shore up your inner confidence, but it will also give you content that you can relate to what your interviewer is looking for in the company’s next hire.

2. Think Through Your Day-to-Day

When you’re struggling to think of other responsibilities, it’s helpful to talk through your day-to-day with a friend. It’s easy to take for granted the other things you do, and by relaying what you spend your day doing, you’ll be able to come up with significantly more content and depth than you thought.

For example, in addition to just being an Office Administrator, Did you manage the conference room schedule and ready rooms for meetings? Did you work with building maintenance staff on the upkeep of the office? Voila! You’ve just described the background of a perfect Project Coordinator or Executive Assistant

3. Be Confident in Your Future

Remember, the future is not what you’ve done, it’s what you can do. Rather than fixating on the past and what you’ve previously done, use this as an opportunity to think and dream expansively.

What more can you do? What more is within you? Listen carefully to the needs of the person interviewing you and find ways to relate your background or personality to those needs. Your previous job doesn’t define the whole you, nor should it define your future self.


A job search is enough to question your confidence—particularly when you’ve convinced yourself that you don’t have valuable skills or experience to offer. Put these tips to work, and you’ll tackle your job search with the confidence of someone deserving the position!