During an interview, do you dread answering the question: “Tell me about yourself?”
If you do, have you thought about why?
As a job seeker you have probably submitted your resume to countless organizations,
corporations, or individuals in hopes of landing a job. However, getting a job involves
more than just submitting your cover letter and resume. It takes being strategic about
your next move:
Know YOU – Engage in self-reflection exercises such as the Myers Briggs personality
test. It will allow you to understand your strengths and career preferences. When you
have a better sense of the type of person you are, it will be easier to narrow down job
opportunities that fit your personality and goals.
Seek a mentor – Looking for a job can be frustrating, but it can be even more difficult
when you don’t have a sense of direction. Having a mentor allows you to set tangible,
realistic goals for which your mentor can hold you accountable. A mentor will also help
you with organizing your thoughts and provide you with constructive criticism on your
Create YOUR dream job description – For some job seekers determining what they
want to do with their life seems indefinable. One way to begin to figure it out though
is to write out your goals and describe the type of duties, responsibilities, and work
environment you desire. This will subconsciously force you to seek opportunities that are
aligned with your dream job.
Once you have gained an understanding of who you are, sought guidance, and written a
description of your ideal position, you will be able to look at your resume for a pattern
that tells a story of who you are.
So, the next time you are at an interview and the employer says, “Tell me about
yourself,” you will be able to respond with something like the following:
“My name is Alnierys Venegas and I have social service work experience in marketing,
public relations, multicultural education and outreach. Throughout my career, I have
been able to successfully support agency goals to increase brand awareness in the
Latino community and build partnerships with local community agencies. Developing
a career where I can help people and become a much needed leader and educator in
the non-profit community is my desire. I believe the Director of Hispanic Community
Outreach position with Dream Foundation would be an excellent match with my skills
A narrative like this does two critical things. It demonstrates to the employer that you
have a clear sense of who you are, and perhaps most importantly a clear and strategic
sense of where you are going.
And, isn’t that the kind of person we would all like to hire?