How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome at Work

“I have no clue what I’m doing and everyone is going to realize it. I don’t deserve to be here. I only got the job because my uncle recommended me and I interview well.” Sound familiar? It’s possible that while you’re navigating that new job, which you are totally qualified for, you might also be experiencing impostor syndrome.

“People with imposter syndrome have a sense of inadequacy, dismiss their achievements, and are very critical of themselves,” says Dr. Pei-Han Cheng a psychologist at the Center for Counseling and Consultation at St. John’s University in New York City.

“Most of the time, they don’t have an accurate understanding of how competent they actually are because their mind is clouded by this belief that ‘I am a fraud.’”

Imposter syndrome symptoms are often in full force when you’re doing something new for the first time—like working at your first job—so Monster spoke to experts to find antidotes for this destructive syndrome to help you gain the confidence you need to be successful in your entry-level job.

How to Overcome the Imposter Syndrome at Work

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