In 2008 and 2009 during the massive layoffs in the automotive industry (remember, I’m in Michigan), it seemed like every other call I received was a Chrysler engineer. During that time I worked with dozens of engineers, and it always amazed me that not one Chrysler engineer that called had the same job or same credentials.
The engineers that called were from different divisions, departments, lines, and processes. These job seekers worked in manufacturing, product design, project management, quality control and many other areas within the company. Every person that I spoke with had a different story to tell and something unique unto them to offer.
The challenge in working with each engineer was to discover what their unique strengths were and to illuminate the value those strengths provided. Were they innovative, a visionary, a leader, detail oriented, or a great communicator? My job was to help identify the true strengths and skills they had to offer and enjoyed. Doing this made each engineer unique and valuable.
The same holds true with all job seekers. You each have skills, strengths, and experiences that make you unique. Making employers aware of these skills by showcasing them in a focused resume and then networking to share your uniqueness is how you will find the right job for you. Make a list of what is unique about you, what makes you special and make sure it is incorporated in your resume and job search. You don’t have to be the best, you just need to know what you are the best at in order make you shine and irresistible. So get clear on what your special strengths are and make them known to the world!
Shine On Job Seekers!