Get in Touch
Selling yourself is hard, isn't it? That's what keeps a lot of us
in our current roles, even if we don't really like them. The idea of going out
"onto the market" and trying to authentically articulate why we're
special - *shudder*.
But, you ARE special and you're doing yourself and other people a
disservice by hiding your light under the proverbial bushel (a bushel is a
basket and this quote comes from the bible, in case you're wondering - I wiki'd
A disservice to many
be obvious why not blowing your own trumpet is a disservice to yourself. You're
denying yourself the opportunity to do work that really plays to your
energising strengths, enables you to live out your values and fulfils and
BUT, it's also a disservice to other people and I use this
argument because I know that a lot of readers are People Pleasers (yes, you
know who you are). Let me tell you who you're letting down:
Putting your WHOLE self on the market
So, I may have convinced you that it's a good idea to get yourself
onto the market, if not for yourself then for that list of people to whom you
are doing a disservice. Perhaps I've persuaded you to dust off your CV, update
it a bit for your latest job and put it out to a few recruiters. Maybe you've
already had a cursory look on LinkedIn for appropriate jobs? And maybe you've
been really brave and updated your LinkedIn profile with a couple of new lines
- hoping that nobody in your current company noticed (don't worry, they really
haven't been looking).
Well done, good job, let's wait and see
what happens. Nooooo! That's not good enough.
How are you going to achieve a career you love if you don't sell
your uniqueness, your "secret sauce", your best, most energetic and
Alright Ali, keep your hair on and give me some pointers already
... So, here are my top tips for blowing your own trumpet - the ONLY way to
create a career you love:
Step One: Own Your Strengths
If you're a seasoned reader of my emails, you may well be doing an
eye-roll right now, but I PROMISE you that this exercise is life-changing. Not
only will it help you to feel energised and motivated every day, but it will
also help you to start "selling" yourself using language that you're
comfortable with and that feels authentic to you.
Often, our energising strengths are things that we take for
granted and don't think are special because they're such an ingrained part of
who we are. I'm a great listener and I build rapport with people really quickly
and easily. So what? Everyone does that don't they? Do you?
Maybe you're highly organised and have a plan for everything so nothing
ever gets forgotten. So what? Everyone's like that aren't they? Er, guess what?
I don't yet know what I'm eating for dinner tonight nor do I know what outfit
I'll be wearing tomorrow... (scary huh?).
For tips on how to identify and use your strengths, read this
Now I want you to identify your top 5 strengths, put them on
post-it notes near your desk and get used to them.
Step Two: Articulate Your Strengths
Now I want you to start talking about your strengths EVERYWHERE.
Start with friends and family. Ask them for feedback. Do they see these
strengths in you? When do they spot them?
Next, write a new opening line for the profile on your CV that
showcases your top strengths. Mine might be "An empathetic listener who
combines an innate ability to build rapport with a sharp focus on taking action
and getting things done."
A few years ago, I would have found that opening sentence almost
impossible to write. Now, I believe that this sentence showcases me at my best
and would move me towards a role that enables me to perform and enables an
organisation to get the best version of me - double whammy!
Finally, be brave and start to sprinkle your strengths into your
LinkedIn profile. The "About" section of your profile is a great
place to add a bit of personality to your whole profile and start to talk about
Step Three: Evidence Your Strengths
piece of the jigsaw is to look back at your career and do some strengths spotting.
For each of your top strengths, where and when did they show up? These are the
achievements and stories that you want to include on your CV and be talking
about at interview. Write them down and get used to telling people about them.
Grade 8 Trumpet
these tips and you will start to be working towards Grade 8 for blowing your
own trumpet. It's not something that comes naturally to many but, the more you
practise, the easier it becomes.
we all have strengths and you have a unique blend that is personal to you. Show
respect to yourself, your friends and family and the potential beneficiaries of
you being at your best - go and blow your own trumpet.
touch if you'd like to discuss starting trumpet lessons with me.
If you would like this weekly blog sent directly to your inbox, as well as receive a copy of my “Top 3 Ways to Boost Your Career Happiness Right Now,” please click here.