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Think You’re Unqualified For Your Dream Job? 6 Reasons Why You’re Wrong

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Think You’re Unqualified For Your Dream Job? 6 Reasons Why You’re Wrong

It is so easy to condemn ourselves.

We have gone through a period of searching and filtering through employment options, then when we get that job we so desire we start becoming apprehensive that we are not good enough to perform successfully in the role. We may feel our experiences and academic qualification don’t line up with  the requirements of the job. But this should not deter you.

Rather than feeling guilty for being the one picked for the job, look inwards and realize that you really do have powerful things to offer your new workplace:

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1. You are passionate

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.” Steve Jobs

If you are someone who is excited about every new project- even when you are not the perfect fit to execute it- you still bring a lot of energy to seeing that the job is completed successfully. What fuels you is not simply the nature of your job, but you are passionate about being challenged in a new work environment. Your passion and work ethic will become characteristic and could energize your workplace. Never underestimate your passion as it is something every employer likes to see.

2. You have integrity

“You are not your resume, you are your work.”- Seth Godin

Employers love credibility. Your reputation, if solid, can help you soar above controversies and earn excellent recognition. You may not be the most talented person in the workplace but when what you do is consistent with the highest ethical standards you are sure to make an impression on your employer and on fellow employees.

3. You are bold

“All happiness depends on courage and work.” ― Honoré de Balzac

You are willing to try new things. Your boldness means you are willing to accept new challenges and to take risks even when there is a high degree of uncertainty and a strong possibility of failure. You can speak up and say what you think and feel will work- even in a difficult situation. Employers tend to admire men and women who can speak their minds.

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4. You are competent

“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.”- Dr. Seuss

You can be entrusted with work and you are determined not to disappoint your boss. You are dependable and can prioritize tasks. You are able to separate the relevant from the irrelevant and then focus on what needs to be done. Such reliability makes you attract responsibility, and is something you should be proud of.

5. You are likable

“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.”- Jim Rohn

People with warm personalities are always more popular and effective in the workplace. They can collaborate and connect with others, making team projects a success. Employers love it when an employee can be easygoing, cooperative, and friendly. Such an attitude shows that they are willing to be part of a team and part of the work family. Being likable creates a positive atmosphere and a sense of ease in the workplace, breeding joy and work satisfaction.

6. You have the willpower to make things work

“There are two primary choices in life: to accept conditions as they exist, or accept the responsibility for changing them.”Denis Waitley

Definitely there will be challenges in the workplace and things could get bumpy. However, you have the inner strength and willpower to continue in the face of hardship and persevere against the odds that you are up against. Your willpower will help you maintain your cool when there is an inevitable crisis during the day-day-day operations of the company.

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Last Updated on November 15, 2021

20 Ways to Describe Yourself in a Job Interview

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20 Ways to Describe Yourself in a Job Interview

“Please describe yourself in a few words”.

It’s the job interview of your life and you need to come up with something fast. Mental pictures of words are mixing in your head and your tongue tastes like alphabet soup. You mutter words like “deterministic” or “innovativity” and you realize you’re drenched in sweat. You wish you had thought about this. You wish you had read this post before.

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    Here are 20 sentences that you could use when you are asked to describe yourself. Choose the ones that describe you the best.

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    “I am someone who…”:

    1. “can adapt to any situation. I thrive in a fluctuating environment and I transform unexpected obstacles into stepping stones for achievements.”
    2. “consistently innovates to create value. I find opportunities where other people see none: I turn ideas into projects, and projects into serial success.”
    3. “has a very creative mind. I always have a unique perspective when approaching an issue due to my broad range of interests and hobbies. Creativity is the source of differentiation and therefore, at the root of competitive advantage.”
    4. “always has an eye on my target. I endeavour to deliver high-quality work on time, every time. Hiring me is the only real guarantee for results.”
    5. “knows this job inside and out. With many years of relevant experience, there is no question whether I will be efficient on the job. I can bring the best practices to the company.”
    6. “has a high level of motivation to work here. I have studied the entire company history and observed its business strategies. Since I am also a long-time customer, I took the opportunity to write this report with some suggestions for how to improve your services.”
    7. “has a pragmatic approach to things. I don’t waste time talking about theory or the latest buzz words of the bullshit bingo. Only one question matters to me: ‘Does it work or not?'”
    8. “takes work ethics very seriously. I do what I am paid for, and I do it well.”
    9. “can make decisions rapidly if needed. Everybody can make good decisions with sufficient time and information. The reality of our domain is different. Even with time pressure and high stakes, we need to move forward by taking charge and being decisive. I can do that.”
    10. “is considered to be ‘fun.’ I believe that we are way more productive when we are working with people with which we enjoy spending time. When the situation gets tough with a customer, a touch of humour can save the day.”
    11. “works as a real team-player. I bring the best out of the people I work with and I always do what I think is best for the company.”
    12. “is completely autonomous. I won’t need to be micromanaged. I won’t need to be trained. I understand high-level targets and I know how to achieve them.”
    13. “leads people. I can unite people around a vision and motivate a team to excellence. I expect no more from the others than what I expect from myself.”
    14. “understands the complexity of advanced project management. It’s not just pushing triangles on a GANTT chart; it’s about getting everyone to sit down together and to agree on the way forward. And that’s a lot more complicated than it sounds.”
    15. “is the absolute expert in the field. Ask anybody in the industry. My name is on their lips because I wrote THE book on the subject.”
    16. “communicates extensively. Good, bad or ugly, I believe that open communication is the most important factor to reach an efficient organization.”
    17. “works enthusiastically. I have enough motivation for myself and my department. I love what I do, and it’s contagious.”
    18. “has an eye for details because details matter the most. How many companies have failed because of just one tiny detail? Hire me and you’ll be sure I’ll find that detail.”
    19. “can see the big picture. Beginners waste time solving minor issues. I understand the purpose of our company, tackle the real subjects and the top management will eventually notice it.”
    20. “is not like anyone you know. I am the candidate you would not expect. You can hire a corporate clone, or you can hire someone who will bring something different to the company. That’s me. “

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