Confidence: The Intangible Edge

Two people interview for the same job. Both are qualified, and both interview well. Which one gets the job?

In most cases, the answer is the person that the interviewers can see doing the job. The person who reduced the anxiety of the recruiter and hiring manager that they might not hire the right person. The person who was more confident.

Similarly, two people ask their bosses for raises. Both have done their homework, and have compelling arguments for why they should be paid more. Which one gets the raise? The person who enters the negotiation (and any salary conversation is a negotiation) with confidence.

Whether we are looking for work, or taking another step in our careers, our success will quite likely be tied to our confidence–both our ability to make decisions because we have confidence in ourselves, and the perception others have that we are in control.

Nexxt is launching The Confident Career to celebrate and inspire confidence. We’ll feature advice and musings, articles and videos, all centered around the theme of confidence. We hope you enjoy, and find it useful and entertaining. And, we’d love to your thoughts or stories. Just email us at

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