Pride: Not Always A Vice
Regardless if you have a Christian background or not, you’ve probably heard of the seven deadly sins: wrath, greed, sloth, envy, lust, gluttony and pride. According to Christian ethics, pride, or hubris, which is extreme arrogance, is considered the worst of the seven. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one’s competence, accomplishments or capabilities—which, ironically, are all things you want to do when polishing your resume. Pride in general is not an admirable quality, but there are times in your life when you need to demonstrate your capabilities and accomplishments. At job interviews, for example, you really need to sell yourself. Granted the societal standards of writing a drab cover letter, arranging an interview, during which you smile the entire time and answer questions like “What is your worst quality?” in an upbeat, positive fashion, can be physically draining as a human being, they are the required steps to gain a job in many industries. And, unless you demonstrate why you’re the perfect candidate for the position, your future employer is not going to see it.
The point is job interviews are not reflective of real life. They are often stiff and scripted, just a tense simulation of your work ethic that rarely scratches the surface of who you are as a person (don’t even get me started on group interviews; I’ve heard horror stories from several close friends). The fact that interviews—and the entire application process to be honest—are not reflective of real life only illustrates that you shouldn’t approach it as you would in real life. You wouldn’t normally talk about all of your accomplishments, and you shouldn’t. No one would ever hang out with you.
But when you’re sitting across from a critical interviewer, who’s eyeing your resume quizzically, as if wondering why you even got a callback in the first place, you really need to embrace your achievements and shine. You need to believe in yourself first, and give yourself a chance, before you can expect anyone else to give you one. Because, chances are, you’re perfect for the position. You would totally rock it. The interviewer just doesn’t see it yet.
It’s okay to be proud once in a while. You should be proud of what you’ve accomplished, whether you’ve just finished your G.E.D, your bachelor’s, or your master’s. You’re going places girl, but you need to believe that you’ll get there before anyone else will. So what’s holding you back from applying to that dream job? Go polish up the ol’ resume, write an engaging cover letter (tip: don’t address it ‘to whom it may concern’), and hit the web to search for openings. Even if you think you’re way under qualified for the position right now, it doesn’t hurt to apply, and ask them what you can do to be considered in five years.
And then do it. I have no doubt that you’ll end up surprising yourself. In a totally good way.