Why Hire You Over Your Competition?

Why should someone hire you over your competition?

Almost daily, applicants question why they were not chosen over someone else. Rarely do they grasp the reality the job search is a competition against other applicants with the one with the most marbles wins. If you know why you should be chosen over all other applicants, share it. This should be included in your application and/or in your resume. Selling yourself to the prospective employer is important to a successful job search.

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon to see hastily assembled resumes and poorly written applications with no intention of customizing them for each job inquiry.  Bad mistake.  Would you hire someone who spent little effort on these two very important items, and what do you think an incomplete application says about someone?

Want the stability, respect, and recognition a great job can afford you? You must put some effort into selling yourself. Toot your own horn to receive the attention and recognition you have earned from past positions. Ask yourself what values you bring to the table and address those in a brief summary.

Take whatever time is necessary to create an attractive paragraph of your best marketable attributes and skills. You may even want to create different summaries to directly address different types of jobs.  Remember, you have to at least get your foot in the door for an interview. Step one.

Companies look for stability and practiced skills that are important to the success of their business. Do you possess those qualities? If so, quickly outline those traits in a brief statement. This will be the introduction to your resume, cover-sheet for your application, or included within your job responsibilities.

Create a summary enticing enough to stop the employer from flipping applications and focus on you.  Doing this one simple task will place ahead of 80% of your competition.