sell oneself

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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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"Have I then sold myself," thought the minister, "to the fiend whom, if men say true, this yellow-starched and velveted old hag has chosen for her prince and master?"
Thus my pride, not my principle, my money, not my virtue, kept me honest; though, as it proved, I found I had much better have been sold by my she-comrade to her brother, than have sold myself as I did to a tradesman that was rake, gentleman, shopkeeper, and beggar, all together.
I should loathe the man to whom I sold myself without love, whomsoever he might be.
I sold myself for more than I thought I was worth," he added, attempting to smile; "I fetched 2,000 francs."
I've been in this business for six years now and I've only sold myself for my talent.
He gave me 50,000 won ($47), which made me feel like I sold myself for that.
Sweating in the sun beat sitting in a pew, so on Sundays I became a hired gun and sold myself to anybody who needed an extra hand.
I crossed paths with at least one other candidate and felt sure I would never be privileged enough to join the band of Gazette staff, but in true Lindsay style I over sold myself and prayed a I could make it work.
I sold myself for the fight, particularly on the way I represent myself as an ambassador - that was my selling point to the promoter."
Katie said: "The moment I got that first hit, it took me to a different world where drugs became the reason I sold myself and the only thing that could numb me enough to do it."
As I teach the power of enthusiasm in selling, I use the acronym IASM to remind my students that they must be able to say to their clients I Am Sold Myself on the value, the capacity, the benefits, the longevity--whatever feature of your product they are most interested in.
Whoops--just sold myself on drinking this a bunch more times in the future.
But while I applaud the good play and welcome goals of King I haven't sold myself quite as easily on the former jailbird as some seem to have.
I sold myself to sleep with man with 50 Sudanese pounds.
I never, ever sold myself. And funnily enough I got asked to leave.