Suc­cess guid­ance

It’s okay to brag about your­self — ac­tu­ally, we in­sist that you do

The Coast - Career Minded - - NEWS -

We live in a world where it’s only too easy to feel un­der­val­ued and un­der­paid. A key dis­tinc­tion be­tween the “wan­ters” and the “do­ers” is, well, the verb it­self. Those who “want” spend their time plan­ning, wish­ing on stars and mov­ing silently. Those who “do” aren’t very dif­fer­ent – they dream, they wish, they shuf­fle be­hind the scenes, but when they leap, you hear them roar.

The do­ers are the ones who tell the whole world who they are and aren’t afraid to brag a lit­tle. When there are po­ten­tially 35-to-50 other peo­ple (just in your city) who can do the same job as you, you need to be able to make your qual­i­ties shine, and show em­ploy­ers you’re the doer they want. En­ter the pitch.

Pitch­ing your­self isn’t just a chance to boast about your­self — it’s a for­mat that

de­mands some brag­ging, es­pe­cially if you know you’re the right per­son for the job. The world thrives on those who put them­selves out there and make it known to their po­ten­tial col­leagues that they are the right per­son for the job.

But pitch­ing your­self is more than just a will­ing­ness to brag. The way you put you best foot for­ward mat­ters, too. Here are five tips that will help you make the per­fect pitch.

1

Seek out face-to-face con­tact with those who need to hear your pitch. So­cial me­dia can be im­por­tant to your work life, but most pro­fes­sional growth hap­pens dur­ing so­cial gath­er­ings and net­work­ing events, and even though we think most jobs are posted on­line, sur­veys say up to 70 per­cent of them aren’t.

2

Once you get some­one face-to-face, try not to over­whelm them with ea­ger­ness. Share a mean­ing­ful ex­change, prac­tice your firm (but not too tight) hand­shake and start with a re­lat­able opener.

3

Don’t eat or drink too much. An event may be all-you-can-eat (or drink), but that doesn’t mean you have to. You don’t want to run into a po­ten­tial client or owner with your mouth full, or get caught with the wine hic­cups.

4

Be open to ques­tions but don’t talk too much. There is such a thing as an “over-sell.” They want to know about you, not your hor­ri­ble breakup.

5

Have an “el­e­va­tor pitch” ready to go — a few top points that you can breeze through to leave the per­spec­tive em­ployer im­pressed. By the end of this five-minute con­ve­sa­tion the em­ployer should know who you are, what you do and why they should keep you in mind in the fu­ture. If you leave them with a piece of in­for­ma­tion to re­mem­ber you by, the next time you ap­ply for a job, you’ll be a shoo-in.

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