Just couple of days ago, I was dressing up for my one year old son and I noticed something that got me really thinking along the lines of this subject. On the waistline of his knickers was a teeny-weeny label with the inscription ‘Mini Rebel’. What?! Arrant nonsense!
For those who know me very well, I’m hyper-cautious about the inscription on the things that I wear, how much more my children. Straight on, I ripped it. And this is because to a great extent, I understand the impact of labels on our personality, image, self-esteem, self-confidence and ultimately our reputation.
I once attended an interview where the hiring managers asked me to tell them one thing that differentiates me from every other candidate lined-up for the role I was interviewing for. So, I paused and thought for a second. Then, I said, “I’m an asset!” And they said, what do you mean? With a smile on my face I replied saying, “In every team and organisation that I have hitherto worked, I have always brought immeasurable value to the table and your team and organisation isn’t going to be an aberration.”
It is no longer news that we live in a world where strong emphases are laid on digital footprints. A world where companies hire not by CV or Resume but by what information they fish-out from the internet about you. It’s a world where your online reputation as an individual can make or mar your success. A world where perception of you on social media can become your biggest resource or your worst nightmare. A research showed that over 90% of companies use social media tools and systems for recruiting most positions.
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I’m confident that God’s got plans for me,
Even in my current estate.
For he wrote the scripts of my life,
Long ever before my dad was auditioned,
To bear me.
And my mum shortlisted,
To conceive me.