If losing your current job has hurt your self confidence, you need a drastic change of perspective. Lack of confidence is one of the worst things you can take into a new job hunt. Employers and interviewers can smell a lack of confidence a mile a way, and if you do not believe in yourself, why should any one else believe in your either? The best way to boost your confidence is to pull yourself out of your comfort zone.
Is Entry Level Your Comfort Zone?
If you have been coasting through life at entry level, but now find yourself out of work, you have a great opportunity to kick yourself into high gear and stretch for a little something better. Entry level is low risk. Entry level is low responsibility and low rewards. If you have already done that for a while, now is the time to see what more you are capable of. Many individuals will spend some time at entry level, while they are receiving better training and/or certifications. This means that when you come out of that entry level position you are now qualified and experienced to take on something more. Just because you were entry level at your old job, does not mean you must continue to apply for only entry level positions.
Take time to evaluate what kinds of training or experience you received while in entry level that can now qualify you for better positions. Also keep in mind that many employers are more than willing to take a risk on someone who has never held a certain position, if you prove to them that you can learn it and master it. This is where confidence comes into play. Employers want to see that you believe you can do the job and do it well.