Don’t Just Stand Out…Lean In!
Everyone is trying to stand out and be different. I also believe in standing out and being different. However, there is no one strategy that works every time. As times change and evolve, job seekers will need to do more than just stand out. You will need to lean in. How do you lean in?
1. Lean in with your authenticity – Everyone brings unique perspectives and experiences to situations. Similarly, every company has problems that need solutions. How can you bring your unique problem solving abilities, perspectives and insights to the company? Read the job description and research the company. Then use what is authentic and unique about you to create your value proposition on how you can deliver on the expectations of the job description and contribute to the company positively.
2. Lean in with proof you’ve done this before – Experience teaches wisdom. Every experience can prove useful if you know how to use it. Whether the experience is directly related or not, drill down on what is relevant, transferable and highlight your skills. Again, go back to the job description, reach out and find out about some of the challenges being encountered in the department and in the industry. What challenges have you found that your skills, experiences and transferable knowledge can solve? Prepare your examples and show how you have resolved or managed a similar issue.
Try not to focus so much on standing out that you forget that you will need to lean in to support as a team player. Successful teams utilize strong players. Position yourself as a valuable team player by not just proving you can stand out, but that you can also lean in.