There are times when we may feel like underdogs in the job search. Sometimes you might see job postings that you’re really interested in but don’t bother applying for because you feel like you don’t have a chance anyway. If you feel that way, whether it’s because you think you’re underqualified or have no confidence in your interview skills, it’s time to change your mindset.
Underdogs do have a chance to get the job over other more seasoned applicants. Yes, they will have a harder time in selling themselves to employers, but this shouldn’t keep you from pursuing these opportunities. If you find it hard to believe, take inspiration from the many underdog success stories.
If you’re a fan of sports, you would know that professional athletes always watch their games, especially after a loss. This is to study how they can do better next time or improve their game. They often watch their games to find out what they did wrong and come up with plan to get the win next time.
Looking or applying for job is no different; you need to study what you do in every application and interview. Look at what you are doing right and what you can do to improve.
Don’t think of your underdog status as a bad thing. Instead, use it as a source of inspiration. Remember that every employer is looking for something different, and that difference may be you. Learn from your mistakes, work harder to beat the odds, and become the underdog that gets the job in the end.