When in the world of seeking employment it can sometimes seem like a forever winding road. A road that goes a little like this, from interview to interview, sending out C.V after C.V, then if you are fortunate interview after interview, only to await to hear for a call to tell you if you were successful at the interview, then if not you go round and do it all again.
After a while of trying and trying and knock back after knock back, we tend to start to question our own ability and worth.
Well Don’t! Do not question your worth, question what are you selling and are you selling it to the place that needs what you are selling ?.
Let me give you a small example which triggered me to start writing this blog. Just the other week a friend contacted me and asked if I would be willing to come along and help him at a job fair stall where he was pitching ‘Self Development’ to the job market.
I had a busy diary but thought this will be fun and still within my remit of work, so I went along. I met with such a great team who all were very good at pitching their skills.
Whilst I began to pitch, a young lady came up to me for some advice regarding finding work. Whilst talking with her she had placed herself in such a desperate way, that my mind told me, it was not her career at all, but the need for any job, as she also gave indications between her dialog of wanting something else.
I said, Stop! She looked at me as if I had just halted the high speed train she was on. I then asked her a simple question, ‘If you could choose one job or career, and you knew nothing could stop you, what would it be?
She told me what it was, and then told me how she had studied & trained in this particular field, but it just was not coming together.
It seemed like her self worth had gone and taken a walk, as self worth and desperation do not walk side by side.
I will tell you the advice and help I gave her at the end of this blog, (Don’t skip ahead) : )
Here are some pointers on self worth in the job market:
1. Know that ‘Self Worth’ in the job market is very important.
2. You have to know what your value in the field.
3. Work out your knowledge and skill set. Ask yourself what do I have to sell?
4. What is your buyers need? In other words what is the company or interviewer looking for?
5. How can I be an asset to the company?
6. How can I put my knowledge & skills into words. (Elevator pitch)
Self worth whether in the job market or in general is about valuing yourself for who you are and what you have inside of you. This only helps us more to share confidently in who we are as a person.
Back to the woman that I had mentioned earlier, once she told me her true dream career that she would like it if it was possible. I showed her that it was still possible, and I sign posted her to a friend of mine, who also started from scratch and is doing very well in the same field of work running her own business.
Never give in to the thought that it is over.
You might have to take another temporary route, but know that it is what you have inside of you and the actions you take that will make all the difference to the career or job becoming a reality.
You are worth it!
Coach Chris Browne