The nation’s famed modesty could be stopping people getting what they want from their careers, according to a new study released by LinkedIn. The findings show that almost a third (32%) of Brits shy away from talking about their own achievements in interviews and job reviews, whilst as many as 40% admit to feeling uncomfortable when networking with people they don’t know.

This modesty and shyness is effecting people’s professional relationships online, as well as in the workplace, with one in four Brits (28%) admitting that they feel uncomfortable connecting with someone more senior on LinkedIn too. The study, which surveyed 2,000 Brits and observed how people behave on LinkedIn, found that this may be impacting people’s careers and job satisfaction, with more than half (56%) of those surveyed believing they’ve missed out on promotions because of their modesty, whilst almost a quarter (24%) admit to feeling unfulfilled at work and nearly half (46%) regularly suffer the ‘Sunday Night Blues’.

LinkedIn has also observed that men and women differ when it comes to networking, with four in ten (43%) feeling uncomfortable networking with people they don’t know, compared to 33% of men. Women also feel less comfortable than their male colleagues in talking about their own professional achievements. With half (51%) of the survey respondents admitting they don’t have a career plan, despite a similar number (58%) feeling that they’re in the wrong industry, LinkedIn announced the launch of a ‘Career Control’ campaign to help Brits plot a path to their future career.

I had the pleasure of discussing this study with our great friend Aimee Bateman of Careercake, an expert on all things careers and job search. In this video she shares her thoughts about LinkedIn and some very useful job search tips. If you have any questions at all, please let us know in the comments below!

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