If your career is in transition, here are a few things to ponder:
- You are part of the herd. There are a lot of other people that are competing for that job opening.
- Your weaknesses will help employers thin out the herd. Your weaknesses might make you stand out in the crowd; this is a bad thing and will get you eliminated from the herd.
- Most of your strengths help you join the status quo. It’s important to keep up with the herd. Your survival depends on it.
- Identify your talents that set you apart from the crowd.
- Help the employer visualize how your talents will benefit them in the present and future.
- Keep your skills current. Nobody likes stale food. It tastes bad and is pretty much worthless. If you’ve been employed for a long period of time, your skills might have become a little stale. You might want to have your skills evaluated. Maybe take some refresher courses to sharpen those skills you haven’t used in awhile. Are you up on the latest technology or will the younger competition make your weaknesses visible to the employer? You want employers to view you as quick and agile; someone who adapts to challenges and overcomes adversity.
- Believe in yourself. If you are not convinced that you are capable of doing the job, then how will you convince someone else that you can do it
- Communication is one of your greatest tools. You might be the greatest thing next to sliced bread, but if you cannot communicate your value, then how will the employer know? Spend some time polishing your “Elevator Speech” or 60 second me. Keep it relevant and don’t ramble.