What Makes You Different ? ? ?

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Do you know how to answer this question?

If you answered, ‘No’ and you’re job hunting…You need to learn FAST.

Here’s what I learned during five job searches:

# 1 No one’s words will mean more to a hiring manager than your boss’s

As a result, I was not shy in requesting recommendations from LinkedIn.

In fact, I told these bosses their words could determine whether I get hired or not.

As a result, I received recommendations with sentences like these…

He possesses an outstanding ability to articulate ideas and decision alternatives. In critical situations, this formed the basis for necessary business consensus building around his proposals.

He was always looking for and finding ways to continuously improve the team as well as his own performance.

No detail goes past him without him asking if it makes sense or could be better – this particular skill of Clark’s has saved our team a lot of money.

If you’d like to learn more about getting recommendations like these, check out  LinkedIn Strategies To Take Your Career To The Next Level and go to page 63.

# 2 Achievement Stories

Achievement Stories can range from

‘Mastered New Software’ to

Reduced Cycle Time by 66% to

Discovered $7.2 Million in Unrecognized Revenue

Achievement Stories can be broken down to

SITUATION

OBSTACLES

ACTIONS

RESULTS – QUANTIFIED RESULTS

If you’d like to learn more about Achievement Stories like these, check out Job Hunting Secrets (from someone who’s been there) and go to page 56

# 3 Let Others Toot Your Horn

Anyone with any degree of humility will have a hard time tooting their own horn, however,

God never meant for egotists to be the only people who land work.

Here’s what I’ve done and I’m sure God would approve,

Whenever I’ve been interviewed, I’ve said things like,

Former bosses appreciate how I _________________

My coworkers appreciate how I __________________

If you’d like to learn more about letting others toot your horn, check out Job Hunting Secrets (from someone who’s been there) and go to page 72.

# 4 Indirectly Toot Your Horn With Phrases Like This

The most rewarding part of my work is knowing I’ve contributed to the firm’s success.

I’ve never been one to merely do what I was asked. If there is a way to do more, I will.

Perhaps, the most exciting part of work is being challenged and rising to the occasion.

I hope you found this article helpful.

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Clark Finnical is a Career Expert and the author of 

 Job Hunting Secrets (from someone who’s been there)

LinkedIn Strategies to Take Your Career to the Next Level , 

 12 Lies Told To Job Seekers,

 How to Stand Out: From All of the Other Candidates

What No One Told You About Job Titles and Your Job Search  

The Job Loss Mind Game: What Really Happened And What You Need to Do Now

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Article originally appeared in clarkfinnical.com