As children, we are often shunned for being over-confident. We are told that we should be humble, and ooze just the right amount of confidence. Not too much, lest we put off other people. We are also told to go for only what we are qualified for. We are often discouraged from going for reaching for our dreams.
But does this really translate to the real world? Well, not exactly. Last time I checked Donald Trump, a man with no political experience, won the elections and became president of the USA. Want that internship? Is there a role model you would love to job shadow? Why wait for job openings to be announced? Why not go ahead and ask for the opportunity?
2018 should be the year you pitch yourself because:
1.Employers Love People Who Take Initiative
From my experience, going ahead and asking for a job impresses an employer. The best way to go about this is by looking for a gap that needs to be filled and approaching the recruitment team with a solution for it.
2.You Have Nothing To Lose
There are only two outcomes for when you pitch yourself. You will either get the job or get rejected. And even when you get rejected, you come out of it with experience and a chance to ask for feedback on why you were rejected.
However, how do you pitch yourself. Well, here are a few tips.
1.Own Your Awesomeness
The first step to pitching yourself is believing in yourself and your craft. A lot of students with little work experience suffer from imposter syndrome. Imposter syndrome is the lack of confidence in your work, coupled with the fear of being “‘exposed” for being a fraud. This lack of confidence does not bode well with an employer when you are trying to convince them to hire you. You need to find ways of accepting that you are good at what you do. After all, you need to be your biggest fan before expecting another person to buy into your pitch.
2.Craft A Great Introductory Letter
As the name suggests, this is a letter that tells an employer about you and what you have to offer. Also, always tweak your introductory letter for each different opportunity you apply for. Employers can tell when one puts effort into their pitch as opposed to using a personalized template off the internet.
3.Keep A Portfolio
This is an easy way to demonstrate what you can do. It is easy to compile a collection of all your best work on websites like Contently for free. Keep your profiles on sites like LinkedIn neat and organized.
If you do not get a reply, write a good follow up email to inquire about the outcome of your request. If you are rejected, you can ask for feedback on what to improve on so that your acceptance chances are better the next time you pitch yourself.