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Dear HCCUA Members:

Your opinion of yourself is incredibly important to living a successful and happy life. Having self-confidence is not only for days that you are preparing for an interview, going out on a first date or giving a presentation, but for every day. Being a self-confident person will help you enhance your relationship(s) at home and at work, as well as your decision making. Self-confidence makes you accept yourself. When you feel secure about your individuality, you can achieve just about anything!

There are endless ways to build yourself up! Exercising, eating right, meditating, and doing good deeds for others are just a few. Set realistic goals for yourself and try to keep track of your progress. For example, practicing good posture, smile actively throughout the day, sleep more, go outdoors or try new exercise routines.

At times, life can bring us down because of stress, troubles in the work place or at home and/ or daily decisions one must make in life as a person or parent. Confidence is what equips us to face the tough and unpleasant times. Always have faith that even if you cannot deal with a problem yourself, you will have the ingenuity to get help, skills, or the knowledge you need to overcome whatever you face.

Two of the top reasons for a decline in self-confidence is due to getting out of a relationship/marriage or losing a job. It is normal to feel hurt, vulnerable, or angry when something like this occurs. You can get through a tough time by taking care of yourself, reaching out to others and taking this opportunity to rethink your goals and rediscover what truly makes you happy. If you find yourself in a situation like this, here are a few tips to boost your confidence: recognize and embrace your positive qualities, trust that you are competent, believe in your worth, and take into account we are not defined by any one thing but by an accumulation of our experiences.

If you happen to lose your job, keep in mind that not all job openings are advertised, they are filled by word of mouth. This is why networking is one of the best ways to find a job. Take into consideration your benefit Career Defender offered to you under your HCCUA membership. Career Defender helps people that are unemployed access an online resume builder, nationwide job search, US employment data and Facebook/ Twitter resume creator.

Kristine Eckardt, Director of Member Communications,

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