On Who I Am

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One of the most important things you should be able to do in the professional world is to be able to market yourself. That’s what I’ve been told, anyway. Students are told so many things will be the “most important” over their 4-ish years in college, it’s hard to keep track. But, if I were a betting woman, I’d put my money on marketing yourself. And there’s no lack on websites you can use to your advantage.

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In my opinion, the first thing you need to know is who you are. Typically employers only get a “sparknotes” version of who you are from your résumé. Having worked as the Box Office Manager for the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis, I’ve seen many résumés come across the Concert Manager’s desk. They all start to look the same. But, you get more than just a short interview to show who you are nowadays. The internet is a powerful thing. And we should use it to our advantage. I know I will.

So, who am I, then? I am a sometimes funny daughter and student with senior status at the University of Memphis studying Hospitality and Resort Management. I am a writer who never uses the first line on a sheet of notebook paper. I am a driven, amateur runner who completed her first half marathon on January 7, 2012 (and I wasn’t last!) whose new motto is “Even if you’re not first, you’re still ahead of those who never tried”. I am an astute planner focused on seeing things to the end and a photographer who focuses on precise details.. I am a bookworm who loves biographies and a leader to those who need focus. I am Kadye Katharyn Alicia Garrett and welcome to my corner of the internet.

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6 thoughts on “On Who I Am

    • I also agree and marketing yourself is the best idea to me because who could market themselves better than yourself. There is no competition because no individual is the same.

      • Kadye

        I do agree that no one can market you better than yourself, but I don’t necessarily agree that there is no competition based on the fact that no individual is the same. I think the fact that no individual is the same helps steepen the competition. It helps to determine who someone would want working for them. If we both applied for the same job with the same basic skills and they came across our internet footprint (Facebook, Twitter, blogs, etc.) I believe that our differences would play a part in who they pick.

    • Kadye

      Exactly. If you don’t put yourself out there, your potential employers can’t learn more about you and find that you’re a better fit.

  1. This is so cool..I thought I was the only person to think that marketing yourself would be the best way, Nobody knows you better than you and your only competition would be yourself, yea some people will say your competition would be others but not to me because no one can be you and vica versa.

    • Kadye

      I love that I can put myself out there so people can get to know me better. It’s not just my degree and experience that will help potential employers to get to know me. They can see my views, my interests, and how I might fit in with co-workers in a more “casual” setting (ex. not sitting in an interview).

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