How To Sell Yourself If You Hate Selling
The last interview I had before starting down the career reinvention path was a disaster. The HR person kicked it off with: "How much money are you looking to make?" I hadn't even settled into my chair. She criticized my resume for being two lines too long, and then said, "I've assume you've done your homework to find out what this job is about."
I hadn't. I thought part of the interview process was the HR person telling me about the job. At that point, I was so rattled that I couldn't have sold myself even if I knew how -- which I didn't.
Selling Yourself In Writing: All the work I've done in the last few months on my written self, however, has made a big difference. The career coaching that helped me focus on what I want to do; the personal branding exercises that made me see who I am; and the resume and Linkedin makeovers that tell the story; have made me surer of myself, and of my selling points. professional identity.
Tell Them What You Do Well: Saying it now is very powerful. Not everyone wants what I have to offer, but there are certain things I do really well, and potential employers need to hear about it from me. (Who else is going to tell them?) Isn't that why we're talking in the first place? They have problems to solve, and I have solutions -- at least to some of them.
I recently went back to my notes from the very first career coaching session I had in January, with AOL blogger Marty Nemko. Here's what he said:
- Sell yourself for who you are.
- Sell what you bring.
I was still clueless then, so this advice flew right by me. Now I know what he meant.
What about you? How do you sell yourself?
Gail Belsky is an editor, writer and project manager for online and print. She has held senior positions at Time Inc., Working Mother, and Parents magazine, and has written for such websites as CBS MoneyWatch.com, CNBC.com Health.com, Prevention.com, and WorkReimagined.org. She is the author of The List: 100 Ways to Shake Up Your Life.