Women must rise to close the confidence gap
Last week I wrote about being more confident. But do you know how important it is for us to be more confident as women?
The confidence gap between men and women has been well documented. In fact you’ve probably heard the following statistic: Men apply for a job when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them.
Most of us have been here. You’re browsing a job ad website, you find an available position that appeals to you, so you click on the description and start reading. You get excited because as you read down the list you meet the first few requirements of the job. But the further down the list you get, you notice that there are several boxes you cant tick.
What did you do? Did you decide not to apply? Or did you throw your hat in the ring?
By not applying for the role we contribute to the gap.
This week on my Instagram I will tell you my story of how I took and risk and it paid off. We have to take the risk. We have to put ourselves out there and we have to get over the fear of rejection. Listen to your “inner mentor” instead of to your inner critic.
Now I am not saying to start start flinging applications in left right and centre. BUT if its a role you truly want, that you've been working towards and you tick 60% of the boxes (majority of them being the core requirements) then its time to give it your best shot.
If you are a leader or a business owner recruiting, why not make the job descriptions more flexible to attract a more diverse range of applicants?
Head to my Instagram story and vote in the poll. Let me know if you took the risk and let me know if it paid off!