With the advent of social media, the omnipresent boasting is often a way for people to show off their achievements. Scroll through your Facebook or Instagram feeds and you will find loads of examples of people boasting about themselves. This is not just limited to just a few people; everybody even the most influential people do boast but in a very subtle manner.
Why do people boast subtly? It is mainly because humility is a good habit to keep, and as we all know the value of self-promotion, boasting in a humble manner seems to be way more effective.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind for your next interview when the recruiter asks you to talk about your achievements without sounding like you are boasting without substance.
1. Talk about the tasks you did and not yourself
You need to know the difference between something that is in-born like characteristic attributes such as intelligence or luck and something that you put effort into doing like dedication, innovation and patience.
2. Share your struggle
Boasting blatantly , exudes a sense of over confidence that says “I am better than you”. Sharing the struggles you faced during your endeavor to achieve your accomplishment would sound more natural and makes it more relatable to the recruiter.
For example; instead of saying “I’m a best Sales person,” you can rather share how it wasn’t only your convincing skills that got you here, but it was the added effort of endless research, tiring phone calls, searching for leads, etc.
3. Turn it into a Story
Everybody loves a good story, and the same applies to when you talk about your achievements. While talking about your ideas, and accomplishments, “bragologues” are powerful in getting people to think about you in just the ways you want quotes Peggy Klaus the author of BRAG! The Art of Tooting Your Own Horn Without Blowing It
Klaus explains that bragologues are entertaining ‘monologues’ that are put together with a tiny pieces of facts, such as clients you’re working with or a project you’ve recently completed.
Here is an example of bad boasting, according to the author: “I’m a great sales manager because I am good with people. At the end of the month, I always get the top numbers.”
Now here is an example of a good bragologue: “When I was initially hired as the sales manager, I never imagined what a great fit it would be for my personality. The job helped me to bring out my organizational skills, and hones my ability to bring out the best in people through coaching & years of industry experience.”
It’s not embarrassing to boast humbly about yourself, rather treat it as a very important tool to shape your professional life. So instead of underestimating your own achievements because of the fear of looking or sounding like an over confident brag just learn the art of self-promotion. The next time you are faced with an opportunity to boast about your achievements, make sure you sound sincere minus the pretense so that your skills and achievements don’t go unnoticed by the recruiter!
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