I have zero confidence in myself and job rejections aren't helping

DEAR DEIDRE: I HAVE zero confidence in myself and anything I do.

I’ve never thought I was particularly attractive. My mum once said to me: “Your friends are stereotypically pretty while you’re more average looking.”

I’m a 33-year-old woman resigned to being single.

Same goes for work. I didn’t go to university because I didn’t think I was clever enough, so I got a job at my local hairdresser.

I worked my way up from receptionist to senior stylist and loved my job.

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But I was made redundant during the pandemic. Now I’m being told I don’t have enough experience for the roles I’m applying for, despite 12 years in the industry.

I feel very alone, anxious and worried.

DEIDRE SAYS: Thinking negatively will stop you from making the most of life. This hasn’t been helped by your mother’s comments.

It is important you try to change your thinking, so I am sending my support pack on Raising Self-Esteem. I’m also sending my pack for Job Hunters.

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