October 27th, 2010

Underestimating Your Worth

Searching for a job is a very tedious task, especially when you don’t know exactly what you are looking for. After applying to at least twenty jobs, someone finally calls.

The excitement of someone calling is enough for you to immediately gather your things, go over your resume again and pick out an outfit. When you finally arrive and you thought you had everything together, the infamous statement is said by the interviewer, “Tell me a little about yourself.”

Panic sets in and you have to think quickly, gather your thoughts and let out an reply.

When the interview comes to an end and you are walking to your car, that dreadful statement replays in your mind. Then you ask yourself, “Did I tell them enough or too much about who I am?” You may find that a lot of people are stuck when it comes to telling possible employer information about themselves. Your mind goes blank even though you know who you are. Or do you?

Are you in fact unclear of your capabilities or blinded by the potential that you actually have.  If this has triggered a few thoughts in your mind, get the binder and pen ready. Time for a pit stop in our entrepreneurial journey, this is a simple assignment that will provide you with the tools to estimate your worth instead of underestimating it.

After reading “Multiple Job Offers in 10 Days,” by Jonathan R. Price, I wondered if I was selling myself too short.
Price provides a simple 3-day assignment that helps you identify your transferable skills, which are things that you can and have done that can be transferred or incorporated into unrelated work assignments.

Day 1 Assignment

Make a list of all the responsibilities that you have had thus far in your career

Make a separate list of every accomplishment that you’ve had in your career

Make a third list of every challenge that you’ve had to overcome in your career

Look over the list, you may realize that there are things that can be applied in other industries other than the box that you have placed yourself in.  Now the next step is to clearly define your transferable skills. Place a check mark on any of the skills that can be used elsewhere other than your previous employer.

Day 2 Assignment

Write the checked items and define their exact duties

Read it back to yourself. Are there any similarities? If any jobs popped into your mind, write them down as well. Think of three industries that each of the skills could be applied to

Day 3 Assignment

Review the last list of the industries and write them on a clean sheet of paper

This list will be your contact list; you are now to research and find the companies that fit under those industries, to check for possible opportunities. They will become your targets. Do not toss the other sheets; they will be useful to you when you need to prepare for your next interview. When that dreadful statement is said again, you will be able to respond in confidence, because you have estimated your worth.

About the Author

DeAndra Harrison
DeAndra` A. Harrison, Editor for Socialtik Mag is a Columbus, OH native, trying to survive in the "concrete jungle of NYC", who is passionate about her entrepreneurial ambitions. She is striving to succeed and she will let everyone know. She believes that helping herself is not enough, so she actively imparts the knowledge she acquires to those around her.



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