Well, of course I am, but I can’t be, for purposes of my job search. I must be a commodity, or a product, or a client. I must take a step back from myself, and in a 180 degree turn from my normal practice, focus on my strengths instead of my failings.

I, the product, am an experienced professional, with a strong work ethic and exceptional people skills. I am adept at identifying a problem and developing strategies to address it. My strongest skills are adaptable to many contexts; to date, I have exercised them in the arenas of criminal law, juvenile dependency, child advocacy, and insurance (worker’s compensation and auto casualty.) I can sell: products and concepts. I am comfortable in high stakes, emotionally charged situations. I have experience in negotiation and mediation, both ad hoc and in formal settings. I research and write. I develop and maintain relationships with peers, clients, and other “stakeholders.” (I can use corporate jargon if I have to.) In a perfect world, I would be in a position that allowed me to train and mentor. I like nothing better than resolving conflict and providing solutions. I operate most effectively in one on one situations, but also enjoy working as part of a team.

Now, all I need to do is convince me that I can sell myself.

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