You’re told to sell yourself to find a job.
But what if you don’t have a spectacular work history? OR any work history? Let’s chat.
Here is an expert tip from public speaker, software engineer, and mentor, Michelle Brenner:
Do not focus on the task. Focus on the skills you’ve gained.
Your skills are more important than how you used them.
At every job you were in, you learned something.
Barista? Customer service, multi-tasking, and problem-solving.
Stay-at-home parent? Project management and finding creative solutions.
Retail? Attention to detail and quality control.
Freelancer? Communications, client relations, and time management.
Not every job is perfect or aligned with our career goals!
Don’t eliminate these jobs from your past, but repurpose them.
Focus on the positives and the transferable skills gained.
Craft a winning story aligned with your target role.
Also, remember an interview is a two-way street.
If the manager cannot appreciate your skills, find one who can ;).