If you don’t want to lie on your CV, if you think you need to be honest, nice and all, if your major issue is making sure that the potential employer doesn’t expect too much from you, then I got you.
You need a good kick in the ass and someone to shout at you because yes, you do have this terrible disease, the Impostor Syndrome.
Wikipedia describes the Impostor Syndrome, also known as the Fraud Syndrome or the Impostor Phenomenon, as a syndrome affecting high-achieving individuals marked by an inability to internalise their accomplishments, and a persistent fear of being exposed as a fraud.
It is also said that despite external evidence of their competence, those exhibiting the syndrome remain convinced that they are frauds and do not deserve the success they have achieved. Proof of success is dismissed as luck, timing, or as a result of deceiving others into thinking they are more intelligent and competent than they believe themselves to be.
Now, not only can this shit destroy your self-esteem and relationships with others, but it can also prevent you to take any constructive steps in your life and, of course, it will boycott your job search.
Here are the 10 Signs You Have The Job Seeker Impostor Syndrome:
You don’t report on your CV that you obtained your Degree with honours.
You speak, read and write fluently a foreign language, but you say you are a “lower intermediate learner”.
You omit all the awards you have received because you think they don’t count/they are not relevant/they were not important/it was just luck.
You forget that you got graduated from the conservatory and that you play 3 instruments, and you fill the “Hobbies & Interests” section of your CV with “Reading books and going to the movies”.
You forget to write a skills section for your CV because you don’t have a certification to prove you have each one of all the skills you don’t even know you have.
You know your Java from your Ubuntu and your Linux from your SQL, but you fill the “Computer Skills” section in your CV with “Good knowledge of Microsoft Office and basic knowledge of Excel”.
You look at your CV and you feel crap, useless and helpless, and you wonder why you didn’t learn Vietnamese instead of Chinese as companies seem to be looking for Vietnamese speakers now.
You have experience managing budgets up to £100K and teams up to 78 individuals, but when you see this exact information on your CV you want to scrap it immediately as you don’t recognise this stuff as actually belonging to you.
You tell everyone that you obtained that job only because your acquaintance recommended you.
When I send you your new CV you say “this is too good to be me”.