Yet, this self-doubt. You must defeat it.
Here are some steps to help you.
1. Recognize, it's not your fault.
Listen, given the economy today, it's easy to see that you're not to blame for the challenging job market. Lots of people are facing a tough time.
2. Take stock. Reconnect.
The skills related to job searching are not the ones that allow you to provide healthcare, or teach, or manage an organization's finances, or whatever your chosen field.
So don't let job searching diminish your belief in your on-the-job skills and accomplishments.
Think about those strengths that you bring to a job each day. Then think of those work experiences you've had in the past that you are most proud of.
Those are the experiences you're offering your employer, not simply the words on your resume.
Next, take stock of your search as well. What's worked. What hasn't.
3. If something is not working, try something different.
Even though the economy stinks, you are still the person who has to make your next job happen. It remains your responsibility...
So, if you've been trying one strategy, and it hasn't been working, try something different:
If you've been describing yourself and your accomplishments one way, try another approach.
If you've just been submitting resumes online, go to professional association events instead. Or start meeting with folks for coffee (as we discussed last week).
Just keep trying.
4. Remember you're not alone.
A job comes down to a relationship between you and an employer. And like all relationships, it's about people.
There are people out there who want to help you, IF you make a specific enough request of them (e.g. introduce me to person A, or take my dog for a walk on Wednesday at 4pm - not simply "get me a job.")
In addition to people, there are lots of other resources at your disposal.