Sunday, March 25, 2012

Looking For A Job? - Know Your Self Worth

In the past couple of weeks I've been working at Rutgers University with their Undergraduate Business School students on a "Mock Interview Program."  The purpose of this program is to set up  a "dress rehearsal" for the real deal.  It's an excellent opportunity for the students to see where their interview skills strengths and weaknesses lie and receive feedback from coaches (me).  Wouldn't it be great if all of us had such an opportunity?  Wouldn't you rather mess up in a mock interview with me than in front of a potential employer?

Working with these students has been a wonderful experience.  They're bright, ambitious, and hungry to learn.  What has become evident, however, is that so many of the students have a tough time relating their uniqueness.  If you've ever been to a job interview, more than likely you've been asked, "Why would I want to hire you?  What makes you unique?"  And you can't say, "I don't know."  What you really are being asked to do is "sell yourself" (branding).  Most of us have a tough time selling ourselves thinking we sound arrogant or obnoxious.  One of the most important things you need to know if you're looking for a job is your self worth and uniqueness.  

If you're one of those people who "doesn't know" your uniqueness than start by making a list of all your strengths and accomplishments.  We all have them.  Most things are right in front of us but we're too close to see them.  If you're having trouble, ask someone you trust and who knows you well.  More than likely, they see these qualities and traits in you.  These are exercises I've done myse lf.  And they work.

Going to a job interview is worse than having a tooth pulled but it doesn't have to be as painful if you are prepared to talk about your unique values and why YOU are the best candidate.

"Self-worth comes from one thing - thinking that you are worthy."
~ Wayne Dyer

"Good Night, And Good Luck"

Laura Rivchun

PS - Please join me Wed, March 28 from 10am to 2pm at the FREE Women For Hire career expo. Resume Reviews, Perfect Pitch, The Interview, Power Seminars, Leading Employers -- and me!   I'll be offering advice and feedback on interviewing. Visit

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