Many people find it hard to sell themselves; they feel uncomfortable telling people that they’re great. Many modest people often downplay their abilities and sometimes don’t even mention them when looking for a job. For many, it is because they don’t recognize their skills or talents as anything special or because they feel that they would be boasting. However, if you are looking for a job or a promotion, it’s essential to sell yourself as no one else will do it for you, but more importantly, now is that you’re going to need to do it online.
It Starts On Paper
Before you even get to a video interview stage or a virtual date, you need to start by selling yourself on paper or ‘on screen.’ As it says on practicematch.com, your CV is a representation of you, and writing about yourself is the first place to start. If you are someone who finds it difficult to sell themselves, then start by making a list of your strengths, and you can ask you friends and family, to help you because there are things that they will see as unique and special that you will just think are normal and not worth mentioning.
Preparation Is Key
Just like with a face to face meeting, interview, or date, preparation is critical, and you need to remember that a video interview doesn’t mean that you can take a lazier, more relaxed approach. As you would with any interview, research top interview questions, and plan out your answers. Research the company you are applying for and prepare a range of questions to ask throughout your interview. Dress accordingly and take it as seriously as you would a meeting in person.
Overthinking and be a real downfall, and if you start to worry that you’re going to over-sell yourself or you’re going to come across as arrogant, you have to change the way you think rather than hold things back about yourself. When it comes to selling yourself, that is precisely what you have to do, it’s not boasting, but it’s giving people the information they need to know about you and focusing on the positive and relevant things they are looking for. As mentioned, no one else will do this for you, so it’s down to you to tell people about yourself; otherwise, how will anyone else know? You can tell people you’re good without saying that you’re the best, and if you can back up what you say with evidence and examples, then this speaks for itself. Remember, when you’re trying to make a good impression virtually, you need everything you can get because you can’t show your warm personality as easily or give a great handshake. All these elements add up, and without them, you need other things to compensate.
Just because you’re online doesn’t mean you shouldn’t make an effort when it comes to what you wear. Show that you’re making an effort and that you care about how you look. It matters and will go a long way to selling yourself well.