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Thursday, August 02, 2012
Demonstrate Your Value by Setting Yourself Apart During Job Interviews
Set Yourself Apart by Showcasing Your Value
Demonstrating value for employers is a way to set yourself apart from the competition even before you land the job. The value for you is that such a distinctive approach is likely to accelerate your successful hire! An effective strategy for showing your value is to develop a plan to identify and solve problems for the company, using tact in case the person who created the gaffe is also the hiring manager!
5. Research the Company
To accelerate your job search using this approach, you must target a specific company of interest. If you attempt to concentrate on a number of companies simultaneously, your efforts will be diluted and less likely to produce the results you desire. Focus your research on challenges the company is currently facing or analysis of products and publications. Match the area of analysis with your strengths and skill set so that you can highlight your value for the company.
4. Identify Problems
Your research will create the framework for your plan by identifying gaps or gaffes in the company’s current operations. Gaffes are more likely to be found in branding or publications. If you are a proofreader or marketing specialist, you can distinguish yourself by identifying confusing marketing messages or typos in corporate publications. Gaps can be identified across a number of areas, including inefficient operations, slow sales, or ways that money is being left on the table, for example.
3. Create an Effective Plan
Here is where your talents shine! Create a stellar step-by-step plan for improvement using your strong skill set and unique perspective. Explain your rationale and implementation so the employer gets a clear sense of how you created the plan from start to finish. Your initiative is only one of the strengths on display in your plan.
Examples of plans you might offer include:
a marketing plan to expand into an entirely new market with an existing product line
strategies to increase productivity
creating an employee communication curriculum
cost-cutting manufacturing processes
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