Are You An Imposter?
Me an Imposter? Yes. Although in my regular day to day career life I mostly feel like I’ve got a handle on things, I am still sometimes intimidated when it comes to developing specialized resumes.
I have been doing career counselling, resumes and practice interviews for a number of years, but I know there is always something more to learn as the world of work changes.
In the past it was easy to find work, but now things are much different. The pandemic changed a lot of things and many businesses closed down. Others found a different way to operate, such as going online. Remote jobs opened up where people didn’t have to go into an office, but now employers are asking people to come back to the office and many don’t want to.
This means that finding a remote work opportunity becomes more difficult. It also seems that many people ended up being somewhat traumatized by everything that happened during the pandemic. Having to wear a mask, not being able to go out and be with people, having to have tests and needles, or choosing not to and being criticized by those who did.
As a career counsellor I need to change the way I look at things and I wonder if I am too old at 74 to keep on doing this.
I do love talking to my clients and helping them find work that they will be happy in, sometimes taking them in completely different directions after we do some assessments and talking about what they are interested in.
Recently when I started feeling like an imposter I got out my portfolio that I created many years ago, when I was working my way through my university degree, which I started when I was 38.
I saw others who were much more successful than I was, who had more money, better jobs, etc. and I felt like I had accomplished nothing, but then I started keeping track of what I had done in a portfolio. I kept track of all the courses I took online to help me learn, activities I did in the community to help others, awards that I achieved in Toastmasters, and thank you letters from people I helped. This helps me to beat back the feeling of being an imposter. This is not to say that it doesn’t keep on slipping in from time to time.
Stretch Yourself Challenge
This month I joined Kelly McCausey’s Stretch Yourself Challenge and this is certainly where Imposter Syndrome slips in as I see people going for 5 or 6 or more challenges and I have decided to simply complete 1 or 2.
Triads also bring out my Imposter Syndrome as I meet with people who have accomplished so much more than I have in their business. I know in my head that we all have different skill sets and perhaps they would not be able to help job seekers like I can, but I see what they can do and I feel like an imposter when we meet.
I discovered when I started this challenge that I am not the only one who feels this way at times. When I posted my blog post about Imposter Syndrome, I saw another blog on Imposter as one other person, Lisa Albinus, also made a blog post about Imposter Syndrome.
We decided that this might be a great opportunity to find out how others deal with Imposter Syndrome, so we asked people to come together to create a collaborative blog post.
Lisa did a bang up job of incorporating the responses we got from a number of “co-stretchers”. Check out the post here.
To overcoming Imposter Syndrome
P.S. If you haven’t checked out my blog on Imposter Syndrome, you can pick up a copy of a poem that I wrote that I keep coming back to. It helps me move forward and I hope it can help you too.
P.P.S. I have also attached a pdf of things you need for your portfolio here: Things you need to include in your career portfolio Sept 2023