Imposter Syndrome

How to deal with imposter syndrome

Many people who start a new job often feel like they’re out of their depth or perhaps don’t have the skills for the job. This phenomenon is called imposter syndrome and it’s surprisingly common.


Imposter syndrome happens to the best of us

These feelings of self-doubt can impact your performance on the job. 

When someone has imposter syndrome, they may feel like they don’t deserve to have their new job. Perhaps they’ve put it down to luck, good timing or anything other than the fact that they actually were the best person for the job. As many who experience this feel like they could be exposed at any time, these feelings of self-doubt can cripple them and impact their performance on the job. The more successful someone is in their career, the more likely it is that they may experience imposter syndrome at some point in time.


Shake the doubt to succeed

 Positive self-talk is important when trying to overcome feelings of imposter syndrome. 

While imposter syndrome can feel challenging to overcome, it is possible to shake off the feelings of self-doubt and get on with doing a great job. The first step is to be aware of your feelings and control them. When you hear that voice in your head saying you don’t know enough, take a moment to remind yourself of everything you’ve achieved that has brought you to this point. This positive self-talk can also help you become more aware of when these moments occur so you can start working towards overcoming them.

Another way to help you overcome the feelings of imposter syndrome is to actually write down your accomplishments and the skills that helped you get the job. While it may feel a bit strange to do at first, it can actually be quite liberating to remind yourself why you’re qualified for the job. You can then pull out the list when you feel self-doubt creeping in.

It’s also important to remember that no one knows everything when they start a new job and no one expects you too. Rather than isolating yourself, take the opportunity of being the new kid on the block to ask questions of managers, peers and colleagues and learn as much as possible about your new workplace and role quickly. As your knowledge base builds, your confidence is sure to grow.

So when you feel imposter syndrome starting to rear its ugly head, remember that you’re not alone. To help you find the right job for your skills, partner with an agency who understands what roles are best suited to you.