Tell Me About Yourself (TMAY)
TMAY means Tell Me About Yourself. It is the marketing piece that you use to sell your skills to an employer. It should not be overly personal, nor overly long-winded. The employer does not need to know every little detail or date. A TMAY is composed of the following parts:
This should talk about your past work history, any volunteer work you’ve done, any education or certifications you have, or any other activity you have participated in that would allow you to discuss hard or soft skills you have gained.
This is a discussion of any current job you have or volunteer position you are doing. Anything that allows you to talk about hard or soft skills. After discussing these types of activities, you want to discuss current education. You will explain that you are currently enrolled at Interface College where you are studying the core programs learning Microsoft Office 2007 programs: PowerPoint, Excel, Word, and Access. As well as covering customer service and professional development. This is the perfect time for you to transition to your portfolio. When you make the transition you should always ask them if they would like to see any examples of the work you are learning to do.
When presenting your portfolio, you want to make sure that you are holding it so that it faces your audience. All of your pieces should be facing in only two directions all the portrait printed pieces should be loaded so that the top is in the same place for each one and all the landscape printed pieces should all be loaded in the same direction. That way you will only have to turn your portfolio a little bit to adjust for changes from portfolio to landscape. This will look cleaner to a potential employer.
You should be familiar enough with the material in it that you should be able to talk about it without turning it around to face you. You want to choose pieces from all of the applications you have covered. You want pieces that have many different items that you can talk about, that way you have a wide variety of things to talk about for each piece. This allows you to avoid those awkward pauses when you can’t remember what you wanted to say about the one item on the page at which you are looking. You should 3-5 pieces for each application. You should talk about each piece in your portfolio; it looks strange if you skip over anything. After you are done talking about your portfolio, this is the perfect place to return to the Future part of your TMAY.
You can transition back into your TMAY by talking about what you are planning to study for your second semester. Talk about the course and the skills you will learn. Then thinking about the type of job for which you are applying, you’re going to tailor this section of the TMAY to fit the job. So think about these questions when you draft this part:
- What is the level of the position for which I am applying?
- Does the company have room for upward growth?
- Is this a large or small company?
- Do I want to stay local or am I open to moving around if need be?
- Am I going to be heading a division, working in a group, or working individually?
You want your future to match their position so that the employer really sees you in the job. This will open the interview up to the question and answer portion (for which 1st Mod students won’t have to be prepared).