Whether you are employed or unemployed, you should always be broadcasting your strengths. It can not only help you land a job but can also help you be seen as a resource at work and might even help you get more exposure.
So…I couldn’t not share this great advice from Alesia Benedict of GetInterviews.com with you. This post was titled “Fire Up your Job Search by Broadcasting Strengths!” Because you have to either subscribe to the Doostang e-mails or the Get Interviews service I’m just going to share the advice with you in the form of a giant quote.
“In order to ‘fire up’ your job search, you may need to re-assess the strengths you are emphasizing. Follow these simple strategies to shift to a position of strengths.
- Brainstorm about what you love to do. This first list should be exhaustive, including strengths from work and personal areas of your life.
- List specific skills developed throughout your work history.
- What results did you achieve from strengths listed in the first 2 steps? Review positive comments, good performance evaluations, or actual awards to jog your memory.
- Think of job requirements for positions in which you are currently interested, and combine the top 2 or 3 items from each of the areas above that you want to emphasize. Use this information to create an “elevator” speech for yourself – a brief, 30-second to 1-minute summary to describe your assets, not a laundry list, but a mini-story. This becomes your “pitch” – a brief overview of strengths that set you apart from the crowd by outlining what you can do for the potential employer.
- Write it down. It helps you own the statement. Not only does seeing the statement in writing help you feel more confident, but it also helps you begin to believe it more strongly yourself. However, if you notice what you have written down actually rings false or makes you question strengths you have identified, then something about what you have written ‘doesn’t fit.’ Stretching yourself to fit a particular job opening can be positive, but stretching the truth is never wise. If you can’t believe it yourself, the hiring manager will struggle, too. Compare your ‘pitch’ with what you created for the first 3 steps above.
- Practice: Practicing the statement will make you feel more comfortable and help you prepare to use it whenever the opportunity arises.
- Use your network to practice.
- Networking Contact Follow-up: Remember to follow up after any type of networking contact, whether casual or formal. Incorporate your ‘pitch’ into the follow-up correspondence. You can send a ‘thank-you’, ‘nice-to-see-you’, or ‘I believe we have a mutual acquaintance’ note – all of which can include a comment about your strengths.
You can be sure the competition isn’t shy about broadcasting strengths and achievements, and their boldness could walk them right into your dream job!”
What did you do today? Did you broadcast your strengths?