Selling Yourself

As well as saying 'I'm good at ...' try these words or phrases:

I am skilled at (or with) ...
Excelling at ...
I am exceptional at ...
I am competent in ...
With the ability to ...
I have a talent for ...
I am familiar with ...
I am adept at ...
I am qualified to (or in) ...

'Tell us a bit about you...'

At some point when you are looking for a job, you will have to describe yourself and what you can do.

A lot of us are not very good at making the most of what we have to offer - we see it as boasting. But what would you think of someone who described themselves as being 'alright' at something, or 'OK'? You'd think they were alright or OK, but not good or very good.

Using the right word can make a big difference - there are a few tips on this page about the words to use.

Be honest. Don't lie - you don't need to. If you are good at something or enjoy something then say so.

Instead of 'I'm interested in ...' you could use words or phrases like:

enthusiasm, passion for, excited by, keen on, eager to learn about

Be positive, be strong

Some words are seen as being positive and strong. They sound impressive. Use this sort of word when you are completing a CV or application form.

Try words like:

able, accurate, adaptable, ambitious, calm, capable, confident, competent, dependable, determined, effective, efficient, enthusiastic, flexible, hardworking, honest, keen, loyal, motivated, outgoing, organised, persistent, practical, punctual, reliable, resourceful, responsible, thorough, versatile, willing...

You can also download our leaflet on Selling Yourself to help you with your applications and at interviews.