I often find “selling myself” very difficult and almost intimidating… guess that’s a lack of confidence and self belief. How do you cope in these situations?
In our era of consumerism everything seems to be a matter of sale, including employment. Job hunters are often expected to “sell, sell and sell themselves” with self-confidence considered as one of the key selling points.
As Broadside points out on her blog, you’ve got to have “the brass-knuckled self-confidence” or “fake successfully and project consistently… to meet the right people, say the right things, answer with the requisite ballsiness… Anyone modest or self-deprecating is quickly and easily trampled by the brazen, who will become your boss.” You are expected to be “chest-beating and telling everyone how amaaaaaaaaaazing you are.”
I thought about that while scanning environment for interesting opportunities. Would I feel comfortable tooting — or blaring — my own horn?
Well, if I was desperate for a job to feed my children and that was the only way of getting a job, then yes…
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