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Presenting Yourself to Employers: A Novel Approach

It’s election season again.

I can tell that because yesterday I found my local voter’s pamphlet and a ballot in my mailbox. The county in which I live is preparing for Primary and Special Elections, from what the pamphlet says. To be totally honest, I don’t really follow those things very much– probably not as much as I should.

But in our ENCORE!! job club this morning, we were discussing what I now call “Personal Presentations,” what we used to call 60-second commercials. In discussing how to approach creating a personal presentation for ourselves, one of our jobseekers made a novel suggestion: go home and read your voter’s pamphlet. Each candidate has written a personal statement about him or her self, maybe 3 or 4 short paragraphs. What is the goal of these statements? To sell themselves to their voters. They’re applying for jobs. We’re the ones hiring them.

Read some of those personal statements. In my experience, I’ve noticed that some are written in the first person, some in the third. Some write heavily about their personal lives, some expound on their work history, some on their leadership experience. Look for what appeals to you, what tells you that this person is right for the job for which they’re running. Is that what you should be including in your own personal presentation?


About kimberlyjmyers

I am a workforce development professional in Washington State. I have ten years experience working with dislocated workers, vocationally impaired, and people with disabilities on many levels and backgrounds from offenders to non-English speaking refugees from around the world. The One thing the clients I have worked with all had in common: there was some barrier to employment, and I work diligently every day to identify, address and remove those barriers.


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