Step 3 of 5: Self Presentation

Knowing who you are, what you can, and how you present yourself is vital: it helps you identify your development needs.


This exercise will help you to

  • identify your self presentation
  • discover weaknesses and strengths of your presentation of yourself
  • energizing you and your performance
  • making you aware of your 'brand'

You can use the information gained to

  • define yourself
  • accelerate your personal performance
  • identify development areas to increase your employability
  • develop meaningful career decision criteria

How to complete the exercise

You'll be given a number of questions and asked to answer with true, false or not sure. This questionnaire should help you get more aware of yourself and your presentation of yourself.

This exercise isn't about scoring points or getting the right answer. It's designed to prompt reflection and help you plan the best career journey for yourself.


Quiz

I have a clear definition of myself, my competencies and my goals.
True || False || Not Sure

I track, quantify, and report my key accomplishments to my supervisors and network of contacts.
True || False || Not Sure

I am considered an expert in my field (or am fast approaching that status).
True || False || Not Sure

I have a strong “googleability” rating and online presence. (How are you presented online - Google your name and find out about your online presence. Further: Facebook, Myspace, LinkedIn - are you presented as a drunk-fun-guy or are you presenting yourself seriously? Your future boss may search you online.)
True || False || Not Sure

I have written a vision statement for where I want my career to progress.
True || False || Not Sure

I have a network of contacts who know me, my values and are able to communicate it.
True || False || Not Sure

I know exactly what differs me from my competitors.
True || False || Not Sure

I am consistent with my mission, values, and accomplishments.
True || False || Not Sure

I know the combination of tangible and intangible characteristics that make me unique.
True || False || Not Sure

I have a professional Website that is specifically designed to deliver me and showcase my accomplishments.
True || False || Not Sure

I have written several articles for publications in the past year and/or created a respected blog.
True || False || Not Sure

I have a clear, well structured resume or CV.
True || False || Not Sure

I have a consistent presentation of myself that is delivered through multiple sources (resume, portfolio, network of contacts).
True || False || Not Sure

Everything about me (performance, appearance, attitude) is consistent.
True || False || Not Sure

I solicit feedback about myself from trusted friends and colleagues.
True || False || Not Sure

I have a mentor who is helping me with my career and personal strategy.
True || False || Not Sure

My portfolio (traditional and/or online) demonstrates and communicates my identity.
True || False || Not Sure

I have a plan for reducing and eliminating any (real of perceived) negative elements of myself.
True || False || Not Sure


 

Scoring:

Give yourself 1 point for every 'true' response, and 0 points for every 'don't know' response, and -1 point for every 'false' response.

19-22 pts. -- The value of yourself and the presentation of yourself is superior (or close to it). You understand the importance of personal presentation and have implemented a great strategy.

15-18 pts. -- You are on your way to making your personal identity highly valued, but are missing some key elements that must be implemented to improve your self-presentation.

11-14 pts. -- You certainly understand some of the key elements and components of personal presentation, but need to tackle a number of key strategies to fully develop it.

Under 11 pts. -- Your personal presentation is either weak or underdeveloped. You should work on it.