Marketing Yourself to Potential Employers
June 29, 2012
Well, here’s what it doesn’t mean — marketing is not sales. For those of you who feel queasy in the pit of your stomach at just the thought of pushing yourself on other people, you can breathe a sigh of relief! Marketing yourself simply means think of yourself as the “product” and what you can do as “service”.
“Developing the skills for marketing yourself has become increasingly important as the complexity and change in the workplace has accelerated” – Career Vision
Most of my research on this subject says in order to “make or break” your candidacy as an employee, you need to come up with your unique, self-marketing strategy. Ask yourself the following:
- What are your accomplishments? (not duties or job titles)
- What are your competitive advantages? What value can you personally bring to the organization?
- How are you going to present yourself and your credentials?
- Are you promoting yourself with a strong resume, cover letter, interviewing skills, follow-up calls and emails?
- Where are you placing your ‘product?’ ( That means you!) Are you visible enough? Does everyone you know you are looking for a job? Are you taking advantage of ways to be noticed, such as cold calling; networking; job hunting online; university career centers/alumni offices; and headhunters/recruiters/employment agencies?
- What value do you put on your compensation? What do you feel you deserve? Is it health insurance, raises, bonuses, vacation days, 401k, etc?
Remember to study the market in which you are interested. Market research is very important to analyze the job market trends. Gather details about the company you for which you would like to work.
Perhaps the late Johnny Carson, comedian and long-time host of the “Tonight Show,” sums up the benefits of marketing yourself this way: “Talent alone won’t make you a success. Neither will being in the right place at the right time – unless you are ready. The most important question is, “Are you ready?”
In her free time, Jenni enjoys spending time with her three children (two girls and a boy), hiking, and traveling with her husband.