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If you want to be noticed and respected in the workplace, you must be able to portray the image of self-confidence. In order to be successful in your career, you need to determine how to master career confidence. Related: What's Confidence Got To Do With A Job? If you have confidence in your daily tasks, you will not only acquire higher levels of productivity, but you will also become more reliable to your co-workers. If your co-workers can tell that your confidence meter is low, they may just shrug you off or be dismissive. If you really like your job, you need to shine with confidence. Here are three ways to gain the respect you deserve by boosting your career confidence:

1. Boost Your Knowledge

Team up with a more seasoned worker at the company. This will not only give you more insight into the company, but it will also give the seasoned worker recognition for their time on the job. If you try to suggest some new ideas or products, it will enhance your credibility as well, making you feel more welcome to the team. When they realize you are open-minded and willing to listen, they’ll do the same. The harder you work, the more confident you will feel.

2. Look The Part

You always have to ask yourself, “Is my attire sending the right message?” Dressing well, being amicable, and making eye contact with co-workers will all give the impression that you’re confident in your role. Once you start dressing for the part, it is amazing how quickly that confidence rubs off on you. To earn respect, you need to dress for it! To get a little help dressing the part, LOFT outfitted Sarah in this great style!

3. Ask Questions

Not knowing everything can make anybody feel insecure and lead to a lack of confidence. If you feel you’re not quite certain about your tasks, then you need to learn more. Reading up on best practices in your field or asking co-workers around you about the latest trends they have seen in the company will help you understand how to perform your role well. When you ask the other employees around you some questions, just remember they have been in your shoes once and have made mistakes along the way. Knowing how and why certain practices work can boost confidence in your ability to do them. The big thing here is to not let your co-workers intimidate you when you're new to a company. If you let them intimidate you, they will succeed, not you. Employees don’t want to see their hard work dismissed by some newbie who thinks that all it takes to make things better are some fresh ideas and a shiny new degree or certification. This sole idea can boost your career confidence alone. If you show complete career confidence, employees in the office will have no choice but to respect you. Sarah is confident as she tackles her career, wearing a new LOFT outfit and smile. “The clothing in this post was sponsored by ANN INC. Find a fashionable career with ANN INC., the parent company of Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lou & Grey by visiting anncareers.com. Explore the effortless and feminine styles of LOFT to fit your everyday lifestyle at loft.com This post was originally published at an earlier date. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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