Re: How do you differentiate yourself (UserFriendly)

Subject: Re: How do you differentiate yourself (UserFriendly)
From: "Stuart Burnfield" <slb -at- westnet -dot- com -dot- au>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 08:49:23 +0900

Bill Swallow said:
> I'm guessing that you are misunderstanding the point of this
> thread. This isn't a discussion about goals, but about tactics
> you employ in your job search to get your application noticed.

Well, it's not just about the job search. Eric's question was:

"How do you differentiate yourself (either on the job or
when looking for a job) when you have EXACTLY the skills
that many organizations need, and everyone else thinks
they have those skills too?"

I make it clear in my application that not only do I have the
right skills, my claims can be *verified*. That means being
well prepared, offering samples, being able to offer references
from *all* recent and relevant contracts (not always possible
but a useful goal), and so on.

So assuming that you really are the guy for the job, you can
stand out from the herd of optimists ("I can do that!") by
giving the client the strong impression that you can support
your claims.

BTW I understand what Milan is saying. To me, 'differentiation'
is like the stupid hat/haircut/clothes that some of the more
mediocre performers resort to in the early stages of Idol.



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