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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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So you are selling yourself for money, and so in any case you are acting basely, and I am glad at least that you can blush for it."
If you no longer feel motivated at work or aligned with the vision s, no matter how hard you may work, you are ultimately selling yourself and, in some cases, your employers short.
And when you're selling yourself as the "safe pair of hands" in this race, mistakes like this are terrible.
But to do so, you have to prepare well and understand that the interview is not so much as selling yourself but also discovering the right company for you.
"We could possibly offer them a little bit more if we were guaranteed a top-six finish but you are also selling yourself as a top-six team which is another attraction."
If you are dating, you are selling yourself as an attractive proposition.
Confidence is everything when it comes to selling yourself. Knowing who you are and how you can add value is invaluable in any workplace.
The job is 24 hours selling yourself, networking, putting money back into yourself for acting classes, music lessons but most importantly you have to believe in yourself.
To make sure that performers understand the "branding" concept along with the traditional routes to selling yourself he incudes portraits of people just starting out, self-help questions, and asks hard-hitting questions, such as just how naked do you want to be on film.
"If you sell your land you are selling yourself, your identity, your dignity and your presence," Rai added.
Dawn Roberts, managing director of Outperform Services in Abergele, has joined forces with an agency to provide free workshops on 'Selling yourself to potential employers'.
The Whittemore School is offering three classes to help job seekers--"Selling Yourself in a Tough Economy," "Social Media" and "Web-Based Marketing."
Prove It!: Branding and Marketing for Today's Aspiring Actor" is an acting guide that encourages would-be actors to treat their career as a career in sales, but instead of selling a product, you're selling yourself as an actor.
Next week, Steve will look at how you can practice selling yourself in preparation for the job interview.
There's an inclusiveness and accessibility about these bands, whether it's Goldfinger's defiant, horn-driven "Get Up" or the glibly self-pitying persona in Less Than Jake's "Science of Selling Yourself Short," singing, "I'll sing along with every emergency/just sing along/I'm the king of catastrophe." Taking good-natured swipes at teenage despair, these are bands that play with a joyous abandon and forthrightness.