Rebuilding Career Confidence After A Bad Manager

Most of us have faced a bad manager at some point in our careers. Aoibhinn Mc Bride shares three tips on how to recover.

As any former employee of Twitter can attest, company culture comes from the top down and when a manger (or in the case of Twitter, new CEO Elon Musk) deploys an autocratic style that leaves little room for professional growth, it can chip away at your confidence and belief in your own ability.

Many of us have been subjected to a bad boss at some point in our career journey, and for some people leaving a toxic workplace environment isn’t enough. In order to truly rid yourself of bad boss hangups, you have to rebuild your confidence from the ground up.

Replenish your reserves

Whatever the reasons, walking away from a job that you loved or thought you would be good at is difficult and can leave you feeling emotionally depleted. Avoid burnout by taking some time to focus on tasks or activities that you enjoy and leave you feeling calm, nurtured and de-stressed. This could be as simple as doing daily yoga, meditating or writing in an affirmation journal, to allowing yourself to binge on your favourite Netflix show for an entire weekend.

Make peace

While your friends, family and former colleagues might afford you a grace period for processing your experience, their patience will start to wear thin if you keep going on and on (and on) about how bad your boss was. But more importantly the longer you dwell on what went wrong the less chance you have of moving on and moving forward. Instead of focussing on the negative, make peace with the fact that bad bosses exist and nothing you could have done would have changed the outcome––so it’s time to move on to bigger and better things.

Set new goals

Establish personal goals that will help you rebuild your confidence. From learning how to respond to constructive criticism to developing your public speaking proficiency, brushing up on soft skills will bolster your ability to adapt to a new working environment and help you future-proof your career in your next role and beyond.

Speaking of setting new goals and moving forward, securing a great new job will help you to bounce back from a negative work experience. The Professional Beauty Job Board is home to hundreds of roles that are currently recruiting, like the three below:

Tom Ford Beauty Specialist – Sydney International Airport – Full Time, The Estée Lauder Companies, Sydney

The Estée Lauder Companies is looking for a dynamic Tom Ford Beauty Specialist to support the store manager and assistant manager to ensure the smooth efficient running of the store. The right candidate will have previous retail experience within the cosmetics/retail industry with products requiring specialist knowledge, outstanding communication skills and a proactive approach to sales and customers. Find out more details about this role here.

Customer Service Managers, Myer, Pacific Fair Shopping Centre

Pacific Fair is a major shopping destination on the Gold Coast. By joining the leadership team as the Customer Service Manager, you’ll be responsible for championing the Myer Customer First plan, managing day-to-day operations and driving sales. Reporting to the assistant store manager and supported by the leadership team, you will manage, lead and mentor a large team across multiple departments. You’ll be required to drive high-performance, customer-focused service and selling culture through role modelling, regular communication, feedback and recognition. You can apply for this job here.

Brand Manager – Sephora Collection (12 Months Contract), Sephora Australia Pty Ltd, Sydney

Sephora is a global leader in omni channel beauty retailing, and it is currently seeking a Brand Manager to oversee the Sephora Collection across Australia and New Zealand. In this role you’ll be required to forecast and review sales and margin lines, develop, build and execute the brand strategy, manage reports, conduct store visits and liaise with internal stakeholders to ensure the success of each new product launch. Applicants will need a minimum of three years’ experience in account management or brand management, ideally within the beauty industry, strong business acumen and experience in a buying environment. View the full job description here.

For more great job opportunities across the beauty industry, visit the Professional Beauty Job Board today.

This article was produced in partnership with Jobbio.

Read the current issue of our digital magazine here:

Have an idea for a story or want to see a topic covered on our site and in our pages? Get in touch at

Back to top