Versatile interested and taken seriously: Selling multi-potential correctly - 5 tips

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Anyone who changes jobs frequently is considered an unsteady job shopper. Many people are interested in different things in the course of their professional lives. The right self-marketing is required here. 5 tips.

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A job all your life? Our brain works differently

Some time ago, a neuroscientist said it was not at all desirable that we should do the same job for a lifetime. Our brain was not designed for that. I was happy about this article because it clears up a very common opinion in Germany:

That it is best for us to always have the same job from graduation to retirement. In other countries it is very different, here it has already been recognized how important professional flexibility is in an ever faster changing world. This idea persists only in Germany: those who change jobs too often are considered to be inconsistent and unreliable.

No way to try it out!

The result is that school leavers are under pressure due to the professional choices that they fall into a real defiance phlegm. And, let's be honest, there are quite a few young people who don't know what they want to do. Or better: you already know what you want. Namely, just try a few things. But they see no way to do it.

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In a country in which rabbit breeders are innovative and need to have a concept to become club chair - who needs job hoppers? Oh yes, before I forget, in addition to corporate design, you should also create a corporate philosophy. And don't waste any time doing jigsaw, always implement the strategy nicely.

How does self-marketing work for people who still want to develop?

It doesn't matter what the concept, innovative ideas and philosophy look like and whether they could exist in front of the critical eyes of the employment agency - if you want to be up-to-date, you should urgently buy yourself a few empty phrases - really marketing-promoting! (Caution irony). At least if you can believe an article in the period that shows the hippest, most impressive phrases of German newspeak - there is definitely something for them too. The well-known career expert and Best of HR –®Author Svenja Hofert recently wrote on Xing:

I am currently doing a lot of interviews because we have a vacancy. I particularly notice that there are big gaps in personal development. And that very few people see themselves as "becoming". Perhaps psychology, especially differential psychology, and our human resources development have helped to establish personalities. "I am who I am!" There can be no more stupid sentence! I am what I want to be. The fact that people are looking for static self-images, want to fix the unchangeable in themselves, split off feedback is perhaps also a consequence of this unhealthy and development-inhibiting view.

What to do if you are interested in a lot?

So I find the blog so beneficial Puttylike, which is about people with multiple interests - and their problems. In his blog post How to Get People to Take You and Your Interests Seriously Alexander Heyne deals with how to be taken seriously as someone who likes to jump from one job to another.

Alexander has tried and studied a lot: meditation, archery, survival training, blogging, martial arts, climbing, calligraphy, Chinese philosophy, acupressure, natural medicine, cooking and a good dozen other interests. One sentence that Alexander obviously had to listen to often: “What are you doing with it? It's no use at all. ” His tips against such homicide arguments can be broken down to one important point: It depends on how you stand by the thing and sell it:

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5 tips for multi-interested people

  1. Focus ideas: In order not to appear erratic, Alexander makes a list of his next goals. Others can see that he is really serious and doesn't just jump from one idea to the next.
  2. A deeper matter Sense give: Anyone who simply jumps from one idea to the next or from one job to the next quickly becomes fickle. Alexander suggests giving the matter a deeper meaning - for example, that you are looking for what you are really passionate about.
  3. Just wait and see: Alexander has found that initial enthusiasm for one thing and then the sudden decline in enthusiasm has a disturbing effect on others. Therefore, he is holding back a bit with his initial enthusiasm until he knows whether he wants to stick to one thing permanently.
  4. Courage to change: Often enough, writes Alexander, he has endured too long in jobs in which he has actually learned enough because others expect it from him. Sometimes you can learn more somewhere else that will take you further in the future - and then you should have the courage to change.
  5. Self-confidence: Finally, Aleaxander proposes what he calls "acting like Alexander the Great": Simply confidently take your own direction instead of stumbling around ashamed.

Many tried around for above-average success?

Maybe these often rather difficult biographies will ultimately result in above-average success. Because doubts, failures and new beginnings are always part of success. Svenja Hofert also wrote something about this in her Xing post:

Exceptional, above-average success is usually based on a mixture of initial self-esteem and self-doubt. According to my observation, he almost always builds on a contradicting personality. So the inner contradiction has a system ... That's why almost all people who are somehow “successful” have a little or a lot more drive than others.

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