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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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I was on a Best League in the World roadshow recently and the comedian Eric Lalor, who is a Bohs fan, asked a great question about League of Ireland clubs allowing players to go for a pittance and selling themselves short.
The installation of a new CEO often suggests that companies aren't interested in selling themselves, but a "true auction process" is underway at Nielsen despite the fact that the company last month announced that David Kenny has become its CEO, according to The Deal's Ronald Orol.
At the end of the course, the contractors involved in the success of the programme conducted interviews with the candidates to give them experience of selling themselves with the possibility of job offers involved.
However, police commander, Major Angelo, could not remember the last case they had dealt with of a child either selling themselves for sex or being sold by an adult, as it was such a long time ago.
Some crooks even do the selling themselves on auction sites.
While I am unashamedly caught up in the frenzy, there is something that I do wonder from time to time: is there a risk that these F&B outlets are selling themselves out?
ISLAMABAD, July 01, 2011 (Balochistan Times): Former PML-Q MNA, Marvi Memon has accused Chaudhry Brethren of selling themselves out to PPPP-led government over their personal interests.
Consultant and video blog guru Anthony Cirillo discusses the difficulty health care workers have in selling themselves as a personal brand.
"Just Treat Me Like I Matter" is a high recommendation to anyone whose paycheck relies on selling themselves along with something more concrete.
JOHN Morrison says pensioners are selling themselves very cheaply in relation to free bus travel, free prescriptions, free TV licences, winter fuel payments etc.
"Gangmasters are exploiting terrified young women from the Far East who are selling themselves against their will."
They are exploited, often from a early age, selling themselves for their next fix of drugs and never managing to escape the seedy side of life and enjoy the normal trappings of life.
Forget about tricking people into selling themselves your product.
And that is selling themselves. If corporate companies sponsor, then more opportunities are possible.
I AGREE with Howard Kendall's comments in Friday's Echo about Everton never selling themselves enough.