Would you hire yourself?

Would you hire yourself?

Before you can convey your value to an employer, you have to be sure of your own worth. If you aren’t certain of your fit and value for a role, there’s no way you will be able to convince an employer. Do some self-reflection so that you are confident in what it is you offer.

Communication is key. Although you may be certain of your fit and value, if you’re not communicating it effectively to a potential employer, they will likely miss it. You may want to tailor your resume to each position you apply for so that the most relevant experience is emphasized. In an interview, it is your responsibility as the job seeker to make sure that the most relevant information is mentioned. Be sure to highlight the experience that best matches the requirements of the job, not just the experience you may be most proud of.

Be the whole package. While experience is important, people get hired based on the entire package they portray. Personality, style, passion and demeanor need to match what is being conveyed. If someone describes themselves as a “go getter”, yet their answers are slow and awkward, it creates a sense of doubt in the hiring manager’s mind. If someone talks about their organization skills and attention to detail, yet looks disheveled and carelessly prepared, it seems inconsistent. While people don’t get hired because the company is targeting a certain look, a level of consistency is expected between what is said and what is presented. Your brand is how you portray yourself as the “whole package” and must be deliberate and consistent.  Furthermore, don’t discount the importance of chemistry. If your experience matches the position, however, you don’t seem to build rapport; it’s not likely to be a match.

Be honest with yourself. Many job seekers are not realistic about the how well their background matches the position they are competing for. They often delude themselves that the rapport with the interviewer was much better than it actually was. They believe they communicated their fit much more effectively than they actually did, or they believe their professional demeanor or appearance was “good enough”. If you find that you’re not getting positions where you were convinced you aced the interview, perhaps you need to make a more honest assessment of your approach.

While you may know your fit well, if you don’t communicate it effectively with others, present yourself well, and assess your performance honestly, you will not likely get the job. Look at yourself from an employer’s perspective and you may start getting better results.

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