I'm currently on the job hunt but only because I was forced to leave a fairly toxic environment and left in a less than positive situation.
Since then my confidence has been damaged and never fully recovered despite taking time off, so much so that it's affecting my job search. I don’t feel confident that I can deliver good work when I rejoin the workforce and it's causing some anxiety when I apply for roles. I feel like I have the credentials and work to back me up but I currently just don't believe in them.
Have you ever been in this position and how did you recover or even simply cope with this new mental normal?
I've absolutely felt this before! Feels like you're struggling with imposter syndrome. As we talk about in this video about imposter syndrome, remind yourself that you offer so much value -- I can guarantee that you have something people really care about and/or want to learn from you.
The other tip I have is to focus on working with others. Remember that when you're on the job, you're not going to work in isolation. You'll have a team of people that will support you, along with people who you can help. Things like pair programming, or just grabbing coffee with a coworker helps me a lot to combat any lack of confidence I feel.