If you want to get a job after college, no matter what role you are looking at, it is imperative that you know how to tell your story and sell yourself.
When it comes to job seeking and preparing yourself for those dreaded interviews, it is imperative you learn the art of selling yourself. People who are successful and are able to survive at startups are the ones who can naturally market themselves and their skills to make a difference with any team that work with. .
Whether you are looking for a new job or trying to work your way up the corporate ladder, here are a few tips that will help you sell yourself:
One of the first steps towards selling yourself is to knowing where you excel and where you need work. Keep in mind that tech companies will not hire you, unless you can show what you have done, but alway ways you are working to improve yourself. When you are at a job interview, focus on how you want to prove yourself and make an immediate impact to the team and role. If you are still unaware of strengths and weakness, work with mentors that can give you very direct feedback on how to improve but also what areas to focus on.
A big part of selling yourself is appearing confident. For young professionals trying to get into tech sales it does not matter how great you did in a history class, what matters is that you come across as confident and show something that you have sold and grown before. The only way to really gain confidence is through practice and real world experience. Companies would rather hire someone that has sold Cutco knives and has confidence to sell, rather than someone that has a 4.0 GPA.
Getting a job is really challenging. Even with real world experience and training, be ready for a lot of “No’s.” By a lot we suggest candidates prep to have around 20 companies they are interviewing with if they want to land a role. Inside Sales Bootcamp works with students to practice selling themselves from day 1. We can teach someone all the skills in the world, but it doesn’t help if someone can’t go to an interview or presentation and effectively convey the metrics and info people are looking for.
Many young professionals don’t realize that recruiters are free resource that are great channels for practicing selling yourself. Matt McGraw shares great insight in a webinar on how students should leverage recruiter for not only job placement, but also for help with resume, Linkedin, and getting really to land a first role. If the webinar, doesn’t fully help, consider coming to one of Inside Sales Bootcamp’s workshops too.
Selling yourself to a company, role, and even recruiter take practice. Don’t be hard on yourself and remember there are a lot of great resources to help you get through it.