This Saturday while facilitating an interview workshop, an attendee said something that women say far too often. She said “I just…..” Have you ever mentioned your title and said “I’m just an Admin” or whatever it is you do professionally? What about this “I just jumped in and helped where I was needed. It was the right thing to do for my colleague as well as the team.” WAIT!!!! Here’s your valuable contribution in this scenario, worthy to be communicated with confidence: You took the initiative to resolve a challenge while collaborating with others to achieve a desired result. There’s no room for just in this instance or any other instance when discussing YOU! By definition, when you say “just” you’ve conformed to a standard. The question is:How high is the standard (which you’ve set) in your mind if “just” describes both you and your accomplishments? The GREAT news is you’ve set the standard, no matter how high or low which means you have the power to change it.
Here’s a list of ways we sell ourselves short and I’m discussing a few of them this Sunday from 8-8:3opmEST in my FB Group: Join Me!
- “We” vs. “I”
- Masking Our Inner Child
- Satisfied With Second Place
Ericka Spradley, President of My Next Level ensures ambitious professionals and students get hired. As a Career Coach, Adjunct Professor and Author (“30 Min. Career Coach: Interview Basics for High School Students”, “7 Days to Confident Interviews”), she empowers others to take their interviewing skills to the next level so they can ultimately secure employment. Ericka also provides career support/guidance for clients when she’s not working tirelessly to change the career readiness conversation and course curriculums to include interviewing skills. To download your complimentary copy of “5 Simple Strategies to Land Your Ideal Job” click here