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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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She described illegal migration as selling oneself into slavery, saying that Nigerians could achieve their dream educational pursuit right here in the country.
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In almost any job industry, employees are taught that the most important trait to begin with is selling oneself. When he knows how to "advertise" himself well, representing a company's brand or name comes next, therefore performing efficiently in the job.
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According to the patriarch, the selling of land is equivalent to selling oneself. "If you sell your land you are selling yourself, your identity, your dignity and your presence," Rai added.
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The appendix pulls together a suggested plan for starting the process of selling oneself within an organization using the exercises for self-evaluation and improvement.
Here, with Champy and his companions, it becomes a permanent potential for play and innovation, with not the slightest worry over compromising one's 'ideals' or selling oneself out to the system.
"Life is Sales" is a complex and highly recommended look at selling oneself for a better life.
Consider all of the different types of presentations a business professional might deliver: promoting an idea at an office meeting, delivering a three-minute elevator speech at a networking event, giving a sales presentation to a prospect or selling oneself in a job interview.
"The line between selling oneself and maximizing tips, that is, between slavery and economic freedom--was very thin:" Though, it's not a surprising fact about a large employer in a land of few opportunities, the hook has a nice touch in including quotes from porters we came to love.
Landing that first job in management usually rakes a great deal more than selling oneself and answering interview questions.
SUMMARY: Such thinkers as John Stuart Mill, Gerald Dworkin, and Richard Doerflinger have appealed to the value of freedom to explain both what is wrong with slavery and what is wrong with selling oneself into slavery.