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Old 08-24-2016, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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I was in this position recently. I was offered a job that I wasn't sure I could do. It was something I had some experience in but not a ton. The company obviously thought I could do the job but I still had doubts and felt I had somehow tricked them into selecting me, even though I was honest all along the way.

I want to share a quote that helped me make the decision and that helps me in other ways as well:

Quote:
Originally Posted by Richard Branson
“If somebody offers you an amazing opportunity but you are not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later!”
I know this seems obvious and straightforward but it helped me realize I was offered an opportunity because someone believed in me and the issue was me not believing in myself. I'm doing really well in my new position. In my case, I had the knowledge the put myself in a good position to learn everything about the position. I just had to give it time to actually learn how to do the duties everyday.

Has anyone else ever been in this position? How did it turn out for you?

Trust in yourself everyone!
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Old 08-24-2016, 09:24 AM
 
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Has anyone else ever been in this position? How did it turn out for you?
Yes. When I entered my current field around a decade ago I felt like I had somehow conned someone into hiring me. I didn't feel I had the education or work experience to succeed. I stayed in my first job in the field for a long time and decided to leave for a new opportunity a year ago. I was terrified to take it. I was comfortable at my old job and still thought maybe it was a fluke and that I would get found out as a fraud at my new job at any time.

A year in I think I'm doing pretty well. I'm learning to trust in my abilities and don't think it was a fluke. I'm definitely ahead of where I expected I would be in my career at this time. Learning to give credit to myself and my hard work is difficult for me to do for whatever reason.
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Old 08-24-2016, 01:12 PM
 
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I took a job that I was not sure I could do and I felt like I was going to be found out as an imposter and fired, even 5 years into it. When I left for another job, all the attorneys I had worked with each came in to tell me how great it was to work with me and how professional they found me to be. I was truly shocked and humbled.


I think that you have to really want to challenge yourself and push past those doubts and you will be amazed at what you can achieve!


Congratulations on your opportunity!
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Old 08-24-2016, 03:05 PM
 
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Yes, of course. I've talked my way into jobs and then learned how to do them. At times I felt overwhelmed or uncertain, but that passes with time. Good luck!
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Old 08-24-2016, 04:27 PM
 
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My job is basically just a walking impostor syndrome. I don't know that I have a clue what I am doing half the time because crazy things happen so often. I am fairly competent now at my originally assigned task for which I was hired, but I do so little of that task at this point.
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Old 08-25-2016, 07:24 PM
 
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I've been in that position many times. I tend to reach higher than my qualifications/experiences would suggest. And then I work my butt off until I'm a pro at whatever it is I'm doing. My life is all a bunch of huge learning curves. And I prefer it that way. Boredom is killer.
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Old 08-26-2016, 03:54 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Definitely felt and even still feeling this way with current job. I was worried about it when hired but wanted to try hard and stick with it, hoping I'll do better then I expected to. So far, so good! I still feel pressure each week though, which I hate but I have consistantly done very well - I guess I have less confidence in myself then I should have. I go above and beyond my goals/expectations each week but once the new week starts, I feel so much stress all over again.
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Old 08-29-2016, 06:12 PM
 
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I have landed a couple jobs where I was not the most qualified....but was given the positions because of my personality. I always ask why I was their choice....their response is always "you have a great attitude and we are confident we can get you where we need you". Go in with a great attitude, it carries more weight than you may think.
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Old 08-30-2016, 12:28 PM
 
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I was in this position recently. I was offered a job that I wasn't sure I could do. It was something I had some experience in but not a ton. The company obviously thought I could do the job but I still had doubts and felt I had somehow tricked them into selecting me, even though I was honest all along the way.

I want to share a quote that helped me make the decision and that helps me in other ways as well:



I know this seems obvious and straightforward but it helped me realize I was offered an opportunity because someone believed in me and the issue was me not believing in myself. I'm doing really well in my new position. In my case, I had the knowledge the put myself in a good position to learn everything about the position. I just had to give it time to actually learn how to do the duties everyday.

Has anyone else ever been in this position? How did it turn out for you?

Trust in yourself everyone!
I feel the same way about an upcoming job I am in the running for. I have self doubt but in my heart I can learn and do a good job.
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Old 09-01-2016, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Great Falls, VA
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I think its very common for people to feel they aren't 100% ready for a new job / promotion. You're going to be doing something different, you'll be introducing a lot of change, that makes even the best of us nervous. The difference to me is whether you have been honest or not. If during the interview process you didn't mislead anyone into thinking you did things you never actually worked on, then there's no reason to feel like you conned them.

It's almost impossible to find a candidate that is a 100% perfect match for any job. Employers usually know this and they focus on searching people with a track record of success and a good attitude, knowing people like that will adapt and learn to do the job.
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