Are you downplaying your professional status on your CV? Are you reluctant to shout your current job title from the rooftops, maybe feeling it is just a little ‘too much’?
When you have only recently secured the next rung of your career ladder, it’s normal to feel a little hesitant about owning your new professional status. It is not unexpected for your fresh mantle to sit a little uncomfortably on your shoulders. You may feel like a ‘newbie’, even like an imposter who is trying the job title on for size. Whether you’ve just transitioned to a managerial or director-level role, or made a brave career change to a new role or industry, it’s only natural to feel tentative about describing yourself in terms of your new position.
Comparing yourself to others who have been in their role for years can leave you feeling less than confident, and unsure about how to position yourself on your CV. It’s this inner voice that can really shrink our confidence, shattering the buoyant image we should project to the world.
Whether your nerves are limiting your CV, your LinkedIn profile, or how you describe yourself verbally, it’s time to kick those feelings in the bum. Whether you have performed a role for a week, a month, or a decade, you have earned that position. Whoever appointed you recognised the skills, experience, and potential that qualified you to take it on.
You have earned your position, it’s who you are right here, right now, and there’s no reason to shrink away from your current title. You owe it to yourself to project all you can offer in this current moment, and show energy and direction to apply that offering going forward.
Here’s an analogy from my own personal life. Today, I’m wearing size 12 jeans, my first pair in this size for over 20 years.
Would I confidently describe myself as a size 12? No.
Should I? Yes, because that is what I now am.
My inner voice wants to tell me I’m not a bona fide size 12, it’s just a fluke, and I’m sure I won’t feel assured of my new shape for a while. That inner voice just needs to shush because what matters is today, not the past.
What am I going to do with what I have right now, today? I’m going to wear those new jeans, and enjoy wearing them. And that’s just what you should do with your current status.
The words of American rock musician, James Young, sum everything up pretty well:
“Sometimes that mantle is hard to adjust to wearing but we are at a stage that we are comfortable with it and we recognize how we are perceived and how the real core individual that each one of us has apart from the facade that the public believes that we are.”
He’s not just a rock star. He IS a rock star.
Wear your mantle with conviction.
Accept it, own it, rock it. You deserve it.