Posted in Career Growth, Early Career, Unemployment

Reveal don’t Conceal

If you need to conceal your true nature to get in the door, understand that you’ll probably have to conceal your true nature to keep that job. – Seth Godin

showDuring tough economic times when one is in need of a job or when one wants a career change, many go to interviews with the attitude that they ‘need this job’ and forget the value that they bring to the table.

This manifests itself by downplaying their own achievements, misrepresenting their skills or concealing their drive for productivity and excellence, and this, I consider to be self-abuse.

One must remain true to who they are no matter how tough times get and no matter how badly one wants ‘that job’. That doesn’t mean that one does not listen and adjust expectations, but it does mean that one must respect the accomplishments and strengths that they have.

Instead recognize why or why not an organization might find one’s skills and abilities intimidating, be honest about it and explain how one can add value in the short and long term.

Yes, in tough times, these words sound idealistic … but the fact is, this is how it is and this is how it has always been done if you only hear other people’s stories.




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