How To Sell Yourself

How To Sell Yourself

College is an advertising game.

"Adaptation and awareness," a speaker had said during one of the past presentations I had attended to in school. Those were among many traits that a successful salesperson had; college students are salesmen and women. They are selling themselves. They are putting themselves out on the market to be hired for their dream jobs. And so, just how do you become a successful salesperson? How do you make yourself the best option out there for consumers/future employers to hire?

Well first of all, you must understand the idea that everything you do is global. Today’s technology has grown to such an extent, that only time and culture are the remaining borders between people of the same professional field. So it becomes our inadvertent duty to keep updated and knowledgeable about worldly news and cultural differences. We can no longer operate on the assumption that others will be understanding of complete ignorance of other cultures, business practices, ideals, and foundations. With technology, it aids and hurts you as a salesperson. It not only provides you an easy access to facts, but also prompts you to keep updated on them. Nothing is secular anymore, every large corporation’s market transcends the concept of distance. In order to appear as marketable and effective as possible, you have to show that you are willing to adapt and learn about the other side - about the people who you will be making business with, and what their organizations are founded upon.

As an aspiring professional worker, discipline, respect, and adaptivity are the three main characteristics you have to adopt. You are essentially entering the lowest caste system when you finally get a job in the professional world. This means that you have to show not only reverence to your older peers, but show that you have are very self-disciplined and flexible. The former because you want to show you what you are capable of, and that you are able to self-edit any mistakes that could harm or hinder you or your work; the latter because you want to show that you are willing to do what it takes to gain more experience and consequently advance in terms of position.

At least, that is what all the professionals I have talked to keep reiterating. So don't think my words come out of just my mind - they come out of professional mouths who have experienced and interviewed countless of salespeople - college students and graduates. I am just repeating their advice.

On one last note, I have noticed that there is always that idea of confidence, and self-worth that runs rampant throughout all minds - young and old. It's not wrong to think you are worth a lot, because you are - you are worth more than anyone could every pay for. But in the professional workforce, your self-worth does not amount to your starting job title or position. It is your capability - your skill set that demands the respect beyond the norm.

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You May Have Worn The Prom Dress With Him, But I Get To Wear The Wedding Dress

You had him in high school, but I get him for the rest of my life.

High school seems like the best time of your life when you are in it. You think that all of your friends will be with you until the end, and that you will end up with whoever you are dating your senior year. For very few, that might just be the case. For all others, that is far from true.

You thought that you would marry your boyfriend and you thought that everything would work out how you had always imagined. I don't blame you though. He's great. You wanted everything with him, but you were just not right for him.

I wish I could say that I am sorry it didn't work out for you, but I can't. I can't because he is mine now, and I get to cherish him forever. You didn't do that right, and you were not meant to be together. You will find someone too, but I am happy that you were not the one for him.

Sometimes I have issues with jealousy, and I hate that you got all of the high school stuff with him. You got to go to games and support him. It kills me that I couldn't be there for him because I know I would have actually been there wholeheartedly. I would have done it out of love, not as a popularity appearance.

I hate that you got to go to all of the school dances with him. He got to see you all dressed up and probably told you how great you looked. I'm sure you did look great. Prom dresses were always fun to pick out and so colorful. It was exciting to match colors with your date. I am sure you had fun choosing his matching tux to your dress.

I find myself getting jealous, but then I stop. I am getting to match his tux with our wedding colors. I got to go dress shopping in a sea of white, and he doesn't get to know one detail about that dress yet. He will get to see me walk down the aisle and then every day forever. I get to love him forever.

I try to not get jealous of all of the things you got with him because it is all in the past. You had your time, and now I get the wedding. You got to dress up in high school, but I get to dress up for my wedding with him. He may have put a corsage on your wrist, but he will be putting the wedding ring on my finger.

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Even When You Don't Have It In You

For the struggling college student at the start of a new semester.


The above picture represents a stage in my life that I thought I would never get through. I had just finished final exams and was terrified of the outcome of my last semester as a Junior. I had experienced so many mental breakdowns and anxiety attacks from a series of events and low places that I found myself in throughout the semester, so much that my mom had to stay with me during final exams. I needed encouragement, and I needed it bad.

Kind of like right now, and I'm sure that some of you might find yourself in the same place.

While the start of a new semester looks shiny and promising, there is always that point when reality begins to settle in, and you realize that responsibilities are resurfacing just as fast as they left at the onset of Christmas break.

You show up to the first day of classes, all of your professors throw a syllabus at you, as well as your final exam date, and you begin to feel your forehead break out in sweat. We've all been there, and that is precisely the place that I found myself at while sitting in my first ever 8 AM of my college career.

Not only do we attend classes, but nightly meetings as well, all while attempting to retain a social life and keep up with our mental health.

It's A LOT. I know it. I've been there.

There have been days when I wanted to simply throw in the towel, and quit school altogether.

I have been at the point when I couldn't find even a sliver of motivation to get me through the meetings, the extra credit seminars, work, or even to church.

The feeling of defeat is nothing new to me, but what I have learned is something that will forever be a constant even though my motivation level is not always.

The Lord doesn't love you because you do everything right, or you attend every meeting and aren't a second late... The Lord loves you because of you are His, and that will never change.

See, regardless of our level of perfection in a certain class or at a meeting, he is always constant, always.

Regardless of our inability to give ourselves creditor to take time to breathe, his loves you fully, with no prerequisites.

That is what had gotten me through the majority of my sleepless night when a responsibility or test kept me awake at night with anxious thoughts.

Regardless of our performance, or how good we look to the people of this Earth, our worth is found in God, and we must not let performance or standards of society fog up our sight of that.

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