Sought After: What Is Your Market Value?

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Good Monday morning people. How are we? Hope you had a super boosted week/weekend? Welcome to a fresh and mind boggling e-Boost, Enjoy.

Today’s topic is a broad one so we’ll take it in bits. I’ll start by giving the dictionary definitions of the first two keywords – Sought After.

Sought is the past tense of seek and seek means

– To try to find, to look for, to search, to ask for, to strive after, to aim at.

After on the other hand means

– In pursuit of, seeking, in imitation of; following or referencing.

When you look closely at the meaning of the two words, you’ll see that they’re similar, so Sought After is almost tautology… and the words are put together for emphasis. Moving on, we consider the dictionary meaning of the two words put together:

Sought After –

  • Wanted by many ​people and usually of high ​quality or ​rare
  • That is in demand; desirable
  • Being searched for; desired or wished for;
  • wanted by many people but not easy to get

I love the last definition “wanted by many people but not easy to get”

To be Sought After means people make conscious effort to find you. They strive after you. It means you’re in high demand, you are referenced and you’re searched for earnestly and persistently.

The expression of your life as an individual and how you go about your business|career determines how much you will be sought after and this in pre-determined by your market value.

This takes us to the next keywords – Market and Value.

Market – City square or other fairly spacious site where traders set up stalls and buyers browse the merchandise.

Market – An organised, often periodic, trading event at such site.

Today, market is no longer limited to a physical city square or stall, your market is anywhere you are; your product is you and your buyers are the people you come in contact with on a daily basis.

And the last keyword – Value

Value – The quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable

Value – The amount (of money or goods or services) that is considered to be a fair equivalent for something else

In summarised terms, value refers to the worth of a thing.

If you ask any fresh graduate, me inclusive, how much (s)he will like for salary in the first year of employment after service, you’ll hear 100k, 120k, 150k and so on. Very few will want less than a 6-figure pay for take home. I had such delusions too #Whonowanbetterpaycheck.

Now take the questioning further and ask the same graduate what they can offer the potential organisation/company if they’re employed and many will tell you they didn’t learn much in school but they’re willing to learn on the job. Trust me, that’s putting it mildly, I’ve heard worse replies.

Let’s assume you’re willing to go ahead and employ the said graduate, ask him|her if (s)he’s willing to take stipends, say 30-50k as monthly take home while (s)he learns on the job and you’ll be shocked that some will still reject the generous offer with righteous indignation quoting their class of degree even when they cannot defend it. Some others will take the offer not because they’re willing to maximise the opportunity to learn and improve they’re negotiating power for a better pay check but so they’ll have a source of income for their daily bread. Very few will genuinely take the offer to learn and improve their knowledge-base.

In 2011, I applied to the AfriHub in my school for my Industrial Attachment and the following conversation took place during my interview –

AfriHub: What’s your course of study?

Me: Computer science

AfriHub: Can you use MS Office?

Me: Not all the applications in it.

AfriHub: Are you good in MS Word.

Me: Not really, but I try.

AfriHub: How fast are you in typing?

Me: I can’t really say, I’ve only typed my assignments.

AfriHub: Can you use MS Excel?

Me: No, but I can learn.

AfriHub: Can you use MS Powerpoint?

Me: No, but I can learn.

AfriHub: Can you use a photocopying machine?

Me: No, but I can learn.

AfriHub: Can you use CorelDraw?

Me: No, but I can learn.

AfriHub: Sorry, what level did you say you’re in again?

Me: 3rd year sir.

AfriHub: Okay, we’ll get back to you.

They never did. I guess you know why – I had nothing to offer them, infact I was going to be more of a liability than an asset to them if they took me at that point.

Lesson: People will only pay|hire|engage|employ you for the value you bring to the table (market place). No establishment wants to run losses not even the non-profit organisations.

That is why when you go for interviews, they ask: “Why should we hire you? What can you offer us?”

Nobody goes to the market and begins to dash money to traders, you only pay for goods or service you purchase. And you know how hurt|betrayed you feel when you buy something you feel is of value in the market only to get home and realise it’s fake or not worth the money you spent on it. That is how it is even in our daily interactions with people (remember you are the product and anyone you come in contact with is a potential buyer).

Moving away from career and business relationship, let’s look at personal relationship. Have you ever felt angry with yourself after hanging out with a person?As a lady or guy, you see and admire someone from a distance so you decide to go on a date to get to know this person better and then whoosh! You’re so disappointed! Their reasoning is so wack and you really can’t co-relate the beautiful exterior with the empty content, or content that is not compatible with what you expected. You start imagining all the amazing things you could have done with your precious time instead of wasting it on a date.

Reason: You didn’t get good value for your time or money or both. And the probability for a second outing is very low.

Do you want to be Sought After? Then you must add value to yourself. Getting an education or a degree in itself is not enough if you cannot perform.

I’m wiser and more valuable now than when I was going for my IT. I had to develop myself. As a matter of fact, I spent my IT period teaching myself MS office, then I accepted to work for free at a business centre so I could learn faster. Today, I am better for it.

To improve your value, you have to be willing to learn, you have to be willing to work for free at some point in order to gain more knowledge and you have to be willing to play the fool.

To my fellow young graduates, don’t be afraid to start with less than 100k, don’t be afraid to start small. Don’t be afraid to take that job even if you feel they’re not paying you what you worth; an opportunity to increase your capacity is more valuable than the money they may offer at the moment.

Even the bible says neglect|despise not the days of little beginnings. Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”

I’ll leave you with these questions:

  • If you were your own boss, would you pay you the amount you’re requesting|demanding for the service and quality of work you’re currently rendering?
  • Are you giving your employer value for the salary he’s paying you?
  • Are you an asset or a liability?
  • Are you a valuable member of the environment|office|church|school|market|organisation|family where you belong?

Thank you for reading today’s post.

PS: This post is just an introduction to the topic, we’ll delve into the secrets of Increasing your market value and being Sought After, next week.

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I love you all. Wishing you a Fruitful and Fulfilled week ahead.

ChinyereDistinguished

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17 Replies to “Sought After: What Is Your Market Value?”

  1. Oh oh! I’ve been seeing this for a while now. Even at church. It just goes to show how important it is to add value to one’s self o. There really is no excuse.
    I read an article that asked “What problem can you solve?”
    If you’re not a problem solver, then what exactly are you bringing on board? People value things & people that offer them something.

    What we have to meditate on is, what am I offering?
    What problem am I solving?

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  2. Lol. Wow! I’d recommend this for recruiting firms. All applicants should read before applying. It could go a long way in reducing the amount of applicants to a reasonable and valuable few. Lol. Nice write-up distinguished. I learned a lot and I’m proud of you

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    1. lol and lol again for your double lol, hehe.
      Thanks Uzo, I’m fulfilled you learnt a lot from the post. Please feel free to recommend this post for recruiting firms and all job applicants.

      It is essential that individuals evaluate their market value before they apply for and attend job interviews. Like you said, it will go a long way in reducing the number of applicants to a reasonable and valuable few.

      Thanks again for reading and commenting.

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  3. Shalom Chi,

    Like you said, the conversation you started is plenty involved- its head is like that of hydra. One aspect of it that I feel strongly about is the part about building your own worth by adding value to other lives or creating value where there was none- obviously I’m partial to this because of what I do.

    Aside my vocational bias, I still feel a lot of value is added to one when one consumes himself to add value to other lives and really like you stressed, you can’t very well be much good to someone else when you aren’t much good yourself.

    I keep telling my younger teachers that it is actually a sin not to improve oneself- not to try to find better ways of doing your job. When they don’t get it, I ask them what they think Christ meant by the parable of the Talents. Why was the third slave damned for keeping his resource intact? He failed to develop it. Hence, even when you have that dream job, you have a duty to keep striving to be the best that you can be- a vanishing point- you keep moving closer to it, but you never quite complete the journey.

    In accounting, intermediate products that are moved from one production stage to another are called work in progress- that’s what we all are. No one is ever truly complete-perfect. So the job of improving our worth is everyone’s lifetime career.

    Shalom.

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    1. Thanks a lot uncle. I didn’t even remember the parable of the Talents when I was writing this piece, it is more than apt. And I completely agree with you on this: “it is actually a sin not to improve oneself – not to try to find better ways of doing your job… even when you have that dream job, you have a duty to keep striving to be the best that you can be- a vanishing point- you keep moving closer to it, but you never quite complete the journey.”

      About your vocational bias, I particularly feel every profession should adopt it.

      I appreciate your support and contributions Sir. God bless you always.
      Shalom

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  4. What are you bringing to the table? Interesting question, no doubt emanating from your outstanding post Chi..Its relevancy can be applied everywhere and in every sector of our lives – be it leaders of nations who desire to bring their societies out of the woods;or leaders of establisments- including the average worker in corporate companies,small firms and government establishments who desire to stay afloat,make profit, pay workers and truly serve the customers/people; or the church of the living God who must make impact in the society and win souls for Christ;even in a relationship of any kinds that must be fruitful which includes dating or/ courtship; and so on and so forth….answer to such remarkable question is key to success, if such answer is in a positive.

    You have said it all;one must therefore be ready to learn and make the needed sacrifice ( s) regardless of whether the pay is worth it or not until self development is achieved; and adding value also continues throughout one’s life-time as training and re-training of workers are all in a bid to adding the required values to make them remain ”A Sort After”or else if they lose that value or relevancy, then the job is at the risk of being lost.

    Your post is indeed a powerful way to go….Jesus took His disciples through different places and experiences for 3 years, to help them answer this same question-while at it, they were falling and rising,but He needed to impart them with the values they must bring into the kingdom in order to succeed and because He is God they were divinely helped to make it except one,however not without them doing their part.We are a recipients of same promises of added value and sort after.

    I think same principle holds for anyone who desires to be sort after,he or she must bring something positive to the table.And in order to do so, he or she will have to add value by subjecting self for self development…I still need this myself.I also think that this is reiterating the need to prepare oneself before the opportunity arises for this question to be posed, as what actually brings success is when opportunity meets preparation, that is also one of the lessons your learning period interview has demonstrated here for us…

    Keep going dear and thank you.

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    1. Thanks a lot Frank… I love your comments cos you shine a brighter light of emphasis on the posts. I particularly love the way you put this: “Its relevancy can be applied everywhere and in every sector of our lives – be it leaders of nations who desire to bring their societies out of the woods;or leaders of establisments- including the average worker in corporate companies, small firms and government establishments who desire to stay afloat, make profit, pay workers and truly serve the customers/people; or the church of the living God who must make impact in the society and win souls for Christ; even in a relationship of any kinds that must be fruitful which includes dating or/ courtship; and so on and so forth…” I couldn’t have said it better.

      God bless you dear

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  5. This is a good one, Chinyere. People should try as much as possible to develop themselves– it is said that the best education is self education. There are resources online that allow us learn for free– Google, Coursera, Alison etc. Key word’s Value. If you’re adding nothing to a life then you’re as good as a liability.

    Thanks for sharing this.

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