October 24th 2011
To get a job or get ahead in your career, learning the art of self-promotion is one of the essential skills you will need to master. Here are some tips to help you master it!
Keep a running list of your accomplishments
One of the first things you'll need to do is to keep track of your achievements. In today's fast-paced world, we can often lose track of all the many things we are able to achieve on the job. Make a list of your key accomplishments such as awards you've won, honours you've been given, goals you've achieved. Consider this the historical record of your achievements. You'll want to refer to this list often if for no other reason than to boost your self-confidence!
Include your achievements in your resume
You'll want to include your achievements in your resume. In fact, you might want to add a special section for awards or honours. Such a section can really stand out and can help to showcase your unique talents and skills. Do not feel awkward or self-conscious about listing your accomplishments. If you don't inform a potential employer about them, he or she will never know all that you've achieved in life. By having your achievements listed on your CV, your interviewer will be able to bring these up as talking points in your interview so you don’t have to!
If you have trouble finding the time to jot down your own contributions, try asking others to create the list for you. Make a file for emails, letters, notes from coworkers and bosses and other items that reflect the good job you are doing. That way, a record of your accomplishments are easily accessible
Showcase your accomplishments in your cover letter
You'll also want to be sure to showcase your achievements in your cover letter. A cover letter should grab the attention of a manager, making him or her want to meet you. If you list your accomplishments, chances are you will impress the person who's reviewing your resume and you'll be more likely to win the job.
Have practice interviews with friends and family and get their opinion on where you can improve on selling yourself. Also by practicing you will get more used to talking about yourself and therefore feel more at ease in an actual interview when it comes to talking about yourself!
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