Ask a Recruiter is an ongoing series that covers topics both large and small facing students who are looking for their first job or internship. This article will focus on imposter syndrome, a major obstacle for job/intern candidates.

This series is written by Rachel Graham, a University and Diversity Recruiter at Lenovo who specializes in North America opportunities.

Have a question for Rachel about starting your career, interviewing or finding an internship that’s right for you? Add your question in the comments section below!

What is imposter syndrome and why is it important to address during recruitment season?

Imposter syndrome can be defined as doubting your abilities, skills, background, etc. by comparing yourself to others. Many students I speak to surround themselves with successful people, which is great! But can also make them doubt themselves by thinking they're not as great as those around them.

This comes into play during recruitment season, because students and job seekers sometimes decide against applying for a role because they believe there's no way they will get it. Ultimately making it so there is no way they can get it by not applying.

My advice to anyone who is looking for a new job is to APPLY! Put in your application and go for your dream job. Be your own biggest cheerleader and get your resume submitted for the role! You truly never know what can happen if you give yourself a chance.

About Rachel:

Rachel graduated from the University of North Carolina – Wilmington in May 2019 and began her career at Lenovo soon after. She is a Raleigh, North Carolina native who spends her free time fostering kittens, doing home DIYs and enjoying time with friends and family.

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