There’s just something about confidence…

By: David Ross

Do you ever have those days where you feel you can do anything and the world is your oyster? You feel like a million bucks and are prepared for whatever comes your way? It’s amazing to discover what people can accomplish when they believe in themselves. And it’s easy to see from one’s demeanor – a firm handshake, good eye contact, posture or unwavering tone of voice – when a person exudes confidence.

Over the years, I’ve had countless conversations with individuals trying to gauge their chances for securing a job or internship. Being realistic and understanding your weaknesses is important. But there can be a tendency to focus so much on what qualifications may be lacking instead of showcasing the various reasons why you are a strong candidate. Employers seek candidates who can articulate their skills and experiences with confidence. So the more you can maintain a positive attitude and focus on your strengths throughout all stages of the search process – with confidence, the more likely you will make a favorable impression in the minds of recruiters.

Take a moment to think about the things you do well and your desirable attributes. Believe in yourself. And remain confident as you search and apply for internship opportunities.

Author: David

David Ross is a Senior Associate Director of Career Services for Wharton undergraduates and occasional blogger for "Penn & Beyond."