Sending Mixed Messages

Sending Mixed Messages to Potential Employers

Mixed messages are all too easy to send in these days of part-time working and portfolio careers. Lots of us do more than one thing to earn money. But this can mean we send confused messages to potential employers and customers.

For example, I work as a career and life coach. On top of that, I am a creative writer and poet.  So how do I describe myself? If you are looking for a coach, knowing that I write novels may not always inspire confidence. Things can become even more problematic when you are looking for work.

Be clear about the message you are sending

You need to be clear about the message you send in any particular situation. While some potential employers may see the benefits your complex experience may bring, others may not. Make sure you send very clear messages about what you can do for a particular employer or customer.

Focus on how you can deliver real value to that particular employer, at that particular time. Demonstrate how you will bring your complex skills set to bear to meet their needs. And don’t be tempted to brag too much about past achievements not relevant to what their needs.

Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at

Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link


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