By Shea Ki
Some of us just know we are not the type of person who naturally enjoys being in the spotlight. For many, a job interview or talking about what you are good at feels highly uncomfortable. The stress of being in the hot seat can be extra difficult if you consider yourself an introvert, had a negative experience of interviewing in the past, or do not have mentors who have gone through the interview and hiring process in the United States.
Growing up, many of us were told not to brag and to down play our achievements. I have met many people with fascinating backgrounds whose list of achievements is long, but they would be the last person to tell you so. Yet in order for most of us to move up in the workforce or reach the masses with our message about our small business, we have to be confident and courageous when talking about our value.
Here’s how one of my recent clients described this career dilemma recently. When we first met online, she shared that for her interviewing feels like an “out of body experience”. She hears herself talking and answering the questions professionally, but feels disconnected from what she is saying. She told me, "I feel so awkward talking about myself. I am proud of my work but I don't like feeling like I am bragging about it. I also hate that my mind goes blank when they ask me certain questions. I am pretty sure this challenge holds me back."
Do you wonder how different your career or customer base may be if you could talk more confidently and comfortably about your value? I’m here to speed up your process in figuring out what works for you to show up and represent your best, most authentic self. My coaching approach and resources I share here at Upgrade My Interview™ are focused on triggering your relaxation response and building up your natural strengths. When you can feel more you in the hot seat and less stressed, others will see and clearly understand more of your value.
You are in the right place to get started as I am kicking off 2017 with this four part blog series! I’m excited to go in more depth in the next posts about how my method of coaching and support uses the assets of your mind, body, and spirit to boost your interviewing skills.
I will be providing some career boosting resources and freebies for you along the way, too. I’ll continue to update my popular “Inspiring Resources” page, but each month on my blog I’ll also now be shining the Upgrade My Interview™ “Spotlight” on a brilliant career resource. The places, people, or engaging tools I post about are focused on saving you time in preparing for your next bold career step and easing your stress in the world of work.
I also love hearing from you about what websites, podcasts, services, books, or other inspiration is helping you attract more work that lights you up. If there is something that you think deserves some Upgrade My Interview™ spotlight, let me know anytime by emailing me.
For January's Spotlight, if you are overwhelmed on where to start looking for places that are hiring so you can focus your interview prep, here is a useful website that recently crossed my path.
The researching behind how Reviews.com comes up with their lists is objective and comprehensive. They seem to dig deep into what they are studying before giving a recommendation, especially with their recent post about "Best Job Sites". In connecting with one of their representatives (Lexi is golden!), I get a sense that they also don't come up for air until they really feel their post will be of substantial value in saving their readers time and stress. I like having that in common with them.
So how will you dig deep in 2017? I know this year is going to be the one where you chose to upgrade not only your phone, car, or kitchen--but also how you represent your own professional value. This will be the year you learn from Upgrade My Interview™ to shine in the hot seat and attract more work that lights you up.
Thank you for letting me be part of your team to help get you to that brighter future you deserve. Be sure to sign up for blog updates through my free newsletter and come back later this month to read the next post in this blog series about the Upgrade My Interview™ method.
Most of all, believe in you.
YOUR TURN: What sometimes holds you back from shining in the hot seat? Share that valuable voice of yours by adding your comment or question for me in the reply box below.
Shea Ki is on a mission to help others shine in the hot seat. You can follow her for more tips and stress relief on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.