sell oneself

sell oneself

1. To demonstrate one's talents, merits, or desirable characteristics, especially in order to become employed. I hate having to sell myself during job interviews—I always feel like I sound arrogant or phony! Remember that your profile on these dating website is meant to sell yourself, so really highlight the things you like best about you! You're selling yourself short, dude—you've got a lot of talents that you're not giving yourself credit for!
2. To degrade, compromise, or give away control of one's principles or potential for quick, short-term monetary gain. People commissioning artists often expect them to sell themselves for a pittance, simply because they feel like they can get away with it. You do realize that by standing against the labor unions, you're basically saying that you're willing to sell yourself for as little as the company sees fit, right?
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sell oneself

1. Convince another of one's merits, present oneself in a favorable light, as in A job interview is an ideal opportunity to sell oneself to a prospective employer. Originally this idiom, dating from the second half of the 1700s, alluded to selling one's services for money, but it was being used more loosely by the mid-1800s.
2. Compromise one's principles for monetary gain. An early version was sell oneself (or one's soul) to the devil, which alluded to enlisting the devil's help in exchange for one's soul after death. It is embodied in the legend of Faust, first recorded in the late 1500s.
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Questions were all initiated by the students and covered a broad range of topics, including differing industry recruitment methods, how to sell oneself through the interview process, salary expectations, when to broach sensitive discussions, and preferential treatment in the UAE job market.
Thus, on Locke's view, one may neither sell oneself for a slave, nor compact with others to live under a Leviathan, that is, under an absolute monarch or despot.
to sell oneself into slavery] is the need to preserve the liberty of the person to make future choices.
To try to sell oneself, freely, into slavery is to try to make an autonomous choice that turns one from a non-slave into a slave.
To attempt to sell oneself into slavery is to attempt to change one's moral status without changing the physical structures that ground this status.
Attempting to sell oneself into slavery betrays a problem in moral reasoning.
The choice to sell oneself into slavery is exactly such a choice.
The power to sell oneself, either through books, television, or on tape, represents a unique opportunity in the history of African-American women's writing.