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Every good salesman knows that you must believe in your product or else be able to do a good job of acting like you do. It is no different whether you are marketing products, policies, revolutions, or people. Marketing is marketing. Overall, image and believability is king. So how does that play out when you are trying to market yourself?
For the sake of consistency, let’s say that you are applying for a new job or a promotion
at work. If you have high self-
Let’s start with believability. Nothing you do or say during the interview is going to matter if you do not come across as believable. Your new boss has to trust you. Nobody hires someone that they cannot trust. How do you build trust? First of all, you have to tell the truth. There are some people who can lie really well, but not many. Most people can tell on some subconscious level when they are being lied to. You know when you get that gut feeling that they are not telling you the whole story. It is the same way with most of us; so do not lie during the interview. If you really believe in yourself, then no matter how nervous you are, the energy of open and truthfulness will show itself.
Second, you need to look them in the eye. Do not stare down at your feet or gaze blankly at the cup of pens on their desk. Force yourself to make direct eye contact and to speak as naturally as you possibly can. It is okay to look them straight in the eye while shaking hands and simply say, “Forgive me, I’m a bit nervous.” They will completely understand and say something reassuring. If they are so uppity that they look down at you for that, then you probably won’t enjoy working for them anyway. You want to like your boss and coworkers just as much as you like your job description and your paycheck. So, be open and honest throughout the interview process and remember that you are interviewing them as your future boss too. It is not one sided, you are both meeting to determine if you will work well together.
Next let’s look at your overall image. How do you market yourself as competent,
dependable, intelligent, loyal, and an overall asset to the company? Start out by
not applying for the job unless you are all of those things. The night before your
interview, brainstorm a list of these types of qualities that a boss would want in
an employee. Put yourself in your new boss’s shoes. What kind of traits would you
be looking for? Then run yourself through a mock interview or even better, have
a friend help you to rehearse. Ask yourself these questions…. Am I competent? Do
I have the basic skills necessary to perform the job or am I going to need training?
How quickly do I learn? Is this job going to require someone who is a quick self-
Finally, do not underestimate your physical image. Be on time. Show up dressed
in the appropriate outfit for the industry. Know the name of the company, the job
title, and the interviewer. Familiarize yourself with where the bathroom is and
go ahead of time. Do not load up on a bunch of fluids or caffeine before hand. These
things may sound silly, but there is nothing worse then squirming in your chair when
you are trying to come across as casually self-
If you really believe in yourself, then the marketing of yourself should not be all that difficult. Just practice what you want to say and how you want to say it. If you really do not believe in yourself, then you need to work on that first. If your goal is to create a happy wonderful life for yourself, then you are also interviewing them to see if they will fit into your version of ‘happily ever after.’ You are looking for a boss that is comfortable and easy to work with. You want to love your job and to love your life. You are offering yourself the gift of a new job, a promotion, or a pay raise and you are showing the world why you deserve to have it.
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