How do you sell your skill when its intangible?
If you can create wood objects that look like furniture, you do, you show proof. Someone can buy that, sit on it and needs are met. If you can paint like Leonardo, the brush strokes speak for themselves. People purchase the art, hang it in their home and gaze into its remarkable display daily. If you can make yarn turn into sweaters, they will keep you warm, and you know you are taken care of.
How do you showcase your true talents when a resume is not made of wood, does not create yarn masterpieces, and the attention to detail within the strokes of a brush are not proven?
I have found myself over the last year asking myself these same questions. In all fairness, they have actually been excuses to give myself a break.
“No one is looking at my website because, you can’t sell words.”
“I can’t make a good impression if no one ever meets me.”
“Others’ strengths always outshine mine.”
When in reality – this is the most important time to be ones own cheerleader. The gift of what you have to offer as an individual in the workforce is something that companies need. Companies need employees who have passion, drive, tenacity and resilience.
If your resume isn’t working, change it. If you aren’t finding a job, look harder. If you have trouble in interviews, practice more. The only one allowing you to fail is yourself.
Seek guidance from those who are in better positions than you, it does not make you weak. You see, what you put into your life and what you choose to do with your life shows your true character. It shows that you have the power to make a difference, to make a change and you will not stand in your own way.
So when someone asks, “what are you good at?” Show them who you are, lay down the words on paper, lead the sales team to greatness, and leave no bridge burned. Create a tangible vision with your actions.
For then will you be able to say, here is proof, of what I am good at.
Copyright. Kristin Marthaler. 2017.