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3 Key Facts to Remember When You Feel Underqualified for Your New Job

By | Katie Douthwaite Wolf |

What have I gotten myself into?

It’s something I’ve thought in the first couple weeks of nearly every job I’ve ever had. After the agony of job hunting, I found myself in what, at the time, felt even worse: I discovered I was completely underqualified for the job.

My responsibilities were daunting, and I felt uncomfortable in my role. Overall, I had no idea what I was doing. Heck, I didn’t even know what I was supposed to be doing. And if I did, by miracle of miracles, figure that out, I had to ask for help with nearly every task I was assigned.

There was one thing I knew for sure: Somewhere along the hiring process, someone had made a mistake, and I certainly wasn’t the right person for this job.

Sound familiar? The first few days of a new job can leave you feeling completely overwhelmed, and even underqualified. But while it’s easy to fall into that kind of thinking, it’s not going to get you anywhere. Instead, reframe your thinking to remember these key things.

1. You Were Hired for a Reason

Here’s the simple truth: Unless you’re a very skilled good actor or you blatantly lied on your resume, the hiring manager saw something in you that made him or her believe you could do that job and, ultimately, want to hire you.

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