When it comes to getting a new job, how ‘dinkum’ are you?

Seems the word authenticity is top of mind these days. Can we be authentic across all of the roles we have in our lives: an employee, partner, friend, with whanau? Sometimes the idea of being authentic seems like it is impossible to co-exist as we play various roles in our lives.

One of the definitions of authentic in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary is: “true to one’s own personality, spirit, or character”…and ….”dinkum” – a synonyn in NZ and Australia!

In our Career Transformation programme we explore this idea, and how to deepen our self awareness to know and articulate our “dinkum’ self in whatever role we play.

Developing a value-first” mindset is all about standing out when applying for a job in a competitive space, and this will be based on knowing exactly what we stand for and what our value proposition is.

But being authentic runs even deeper, to our identity – and if there is not congruence between our values and beliefs, and our actions, there will be non-alignment; certainly in an interview a candidate is not going to come across as authentic.

This is often the case when a person’s CV demonstrates a track record of achievements, skills and competencies, and yet the candidate is seeking a different sort of job. This requires pivoting transferable skills to the new sought-after area and more importantly to be able to be authentic in that repointing.

Chances are if you have been made redundant, you want to try something different, or simply there are no jobs in your usual field of expertise, then there’s no choice but to pivot with your transferable skills. The recruiter needs to ‘hear’ the new narrative and second to believe the candidate is authentic and in scope!

Looking for the perfect job is not just about where you have been but where you want to be. If your attitude and narrative points into the past – then that is where you will end up.

The good news is as we become more authentic, we are less likely to look to others for approval but instead develop an internal validation compass that helps us maintain our wellbeing even in the face of challenges – for example being out of step with peers, or being an ‘outlier’ at work and instead be our real selves. What a relief.

Susan M Warren
I coach people to make changes in their lives so they can achieve professional and lifestyle solutions

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