Repackage yourself as a Unique Subject Matter Expert
Consider all of the inefficient time-consuming processes which you have re-engineered over time with sleeves rolled up or simply by directing others to improve, along with those functions which you now execute brilliantly. Whether deep dive or wide-across, your full knowledge-base can often be swept under the rug, underestimating your lessons learned and experience.
You stepped up when duty called
Even if you haven’t officially held a management title, there is always a leadership track record you should be self-promoting. This can be based on past projects where you have stepped up when duty called. If you have supervised one or two people in your career, even in a mentoring role and guided them to succeed, this counts. If you were once the go-to person who fixed everyone else’s problems, managed expectations plus handled all of your workload to boot, then you have demonstrated how to run a virtual support center, even if whom you served in help-desk mode was limited to a small group of colleagues. Sift through every big and little win to share a powerful story to highlight your leadership legacy.
Your industry insights foraged over the years given all of your experience.
Don’t fall trap to the self-sabotage thinking that you don’t have any insights. If you simply have a pulse on how business moves in your industry that counts. If you have made your own conclusions about trends on a small scale, you are an expert. Care less about where you drew your conclusions from and more on the fact that you have an opinion on it and can engage in meaningful conversations.
When discussing your career track record, highlight:
Your functional area of expertise.
Your insight, pulse and opinions on your industry. What are the trends happening?
Your knowledge around a company’s products or those of the company you are seeking to join.
Your experience navigating “systems” naturally (knowing how things get done).
The end-to-end processes you can walk through of a specific function.
Your lessons learned and hands-on experience.
Your leadership legacy as a mentor, project manager, team lead, assistant, or supervisor.
Once taking inventory of your entire career track-record you inevitably become comfortable in self-promote mode leaving an impression which makes you memorable for new opportunities and in-line for referrals a la your unpaid sales force – a trusted pipeline where others happily put their reputation on the line referring you on, because they can feel your confidence.
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In our Gutsy Leadership Programs, learn how to have a Rock-Solid Confidence in all your Communication. Self-Promote as a Professional Expert. Implement Fierce Time Management. Eliminate Anxiety and Shift your Mindset and Inner Beliefs about your Self-Worth.