When you’re looking for a job it’s useful to view yourself as a product or service. This may sound a little degrading or somehow not-quite-right, but think about it. From a marketing perspective that’s the way we should all view ourselves when we’re in the job market.
Ask yourself: what do I need to say and do to help this employer understand my value to the company and make him want to hire me…to choose me, “the product.”
Understanding and accepting this concept is the essence of being able to effectively marketing yourself.
It’s also the essence of what Standout Strategies does for its clients.
Standout Strategies’ Approach is Different
I’m an experienced marketing professional who uses the skills I’ve learned to bring a different approach to career coaching and consulting.
Result: a greater chance that you’ll get the job you want.
This is still an Employer’s Market
If you’ve been laid off, decided to change careers, or just graduated from college or graduate school – it’s not easy out there.
But there are good jobs. You need to understand what it takes to stand out from the competition.
That means focusing on the benefits you can provide the employer.
Don’t just list your skills and qualifications. Know how to tailor your experience so the employer sees how you are the best hire for the company.
My job is to help you do that. Contact me now.
The clearer you are about how you create value for the employer
the more successful you will be.
That’s my goal for you as my client – and it doesn’t have to take a lot of time. I’ll help you:
- Identify your marketable skills & unique qualifications
- Build confidence and clarity about the value you bring to the employer
- Practice to clearly and concisely present your qualifications
- Create a targeted resume that increases your chances of a personal interview
Specific Areas We’ll Cover
Each of these topics are covered in more detail in my blog.
1. Creating a Strong Resume
Simply stated: A good resume is one that gets you an interview.
Writing your own resume can be difficult. It’s not always easy to spot your own accomplishments, know how to highlight them, and which skills to emphasize.
I’ve written hundreds of resumes and can quickly and effectively present your value on paper. Plus, we don’t have to meet in person – everything can be done by email, phone or Skype.
2. Making a Good First Impression
A resume alone will not get you a job. No matter how good your resume is, it’s still a piece of paper. You want that piece of paper to get your foot in the door. The interview will likely determine if you’re hired.
How you present yourself: your dress, body language and what you say is critically important. You have one chance to make a first impression. Getting it right the first time pays off. We’ll review and practice every element of what it takes to make a good impression.
3. Preparing for your Interview
The most important thing you can do before your interview is to have a clear sense of what you offer the employer.
We’ll discuss how to research the company and how to identify what the employer is looking for in a successful candidate.
Then, during a mock interview, you’ll explain to me how your background specifically fits into what they’re looking for.
We’ll also practice the art of listening in an interview and how to tailor your experience so the employer understands the value you can bring to the company. Most candidates do not do this.
Having such a marketing perspective and the confidence and poise to think on your feet will make you stand out from the competition.
4. Ways to Build Confidence
Self-doubt and self-criticism kill confidence. And confidence is essential to your success. But it’s very easy to lose your confidence when you’re turned down for a job or haven’t been in the job market for years.
During our time together, I will always be focused on building your confidence. This will directly influence your attitude and change your demeanor…leading to success.
5. Effective Networking and Using Your Connections
The majority of jobs are found through networking. In our time together we’ll discuss and practice every aspect of how to network effectively.
This includes the importance of using your personal connections, no matter how remote you think they may be. Mentioning a connection can mean the difference between getting an interview or not. Use them whenever possible, and build your connections through networking. It will payoff.