You don’t need this person immediately for your widget factory, but they should be hired in the near future. Who would you hire
- Applicant A: An employee who has a strong work background, but only a little direct experience with widgets. They have a lot of other great qualities, however.
- Applicant B: Expert in widgets from the manufacturing to the production to the sales strategies and marketing campaigns. They know everything about widgets.
There’s nothing inherently wrong about either of these applicants, but if you’re a hiring manager, don’t you think you’d go with the person who already has all of the experience?
Of course you would.
While you may not be an expert in the things that a company does, you will want to try to show the employer on your application and on your resume that you have directly relatable skills, not just general skills.
You have to show that you’re a person who’s worth investing in – because the company is paying you to produce results for them. And if you’re spending more time learning how to do the things you need to do, then you are not the investment to choose.
When you’re applying for jobs, you need to make sure that you are targeting companies that want someone JUST LIKE YOU. You need to showoff your unique you and your compelling experience.
Most of the time, you won’t be the only one, but when you’re specific about how you directly relate to the future job, you certainly won’t fade into the background like everyone else.
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