3 Ways to Make Your Job Search Competition Irrelevant

Making  Job Search Competition IrrelevantOne of a job candidates’ biggest worries?

The competition.

How are their credentials? How much experience do they have? What is their online presence like? How good are they during the job interview? Do they have an inside track to this job?

While it’s completely normal to be concerned about your competition, this mindset can actually throw you off your game. If you’re stressed about what other people are doing, it will affect your performance.

There are ways, though, to become so confident in your own abilities, and perform so well, that you make the competition irrelevant… like these:

ALWAYS Focus on Key Strengths

Everyone has things they do really, really well. Perhaps better than anyone else; certainly better than your current job search competition. During your job search, your focus must be 100% on those key strengths.

In the book Blue Ocean Strategy, the authors advise companies to focus on their particular strengths in comparison to other companies. They use Cirque du Soleil and the traditional circus as an example to make their point. For instance, Cirque du Soleil has a killer soundtrack while the traditional circus does not.

Rather than Cirque du Soleil worrying about how to compete on price and concessions (which are big strengths for the traditional circus), they decided to focus on the things that made them unique. Different. Memorable.

The same concept applies – in every way – to individuals on the job hunt. Cirque du Soleil sells tickets; you are selling yourself.

Provide Concrete Examples of Your Experience

Most job seekers – and therefore most of your competition – have vanilla resumes. Those resumes, while they may show that person can do the job, fail to actually show recruiters what makes them a good candidate.

Not you. You are prepared to give concrete examples of your experience.

First, you’ll include specific examples on your resume. These tell recruiters how you increased revenue or productivity. Add exact numbers and percentages… and it will be music to a recruiter’s ears.

Second, you’ll have a few relevant stories ready for the interview. Recruiters love “how you did what you claim in your resume” stories, as well as those “how you saved the day” tales. One great resource that will help you prepare those stories: the STAR interviewing method.

Highlight Your Most Relevant Soft Skills

Soft skills are those that essentially make you human: communication, having a good personality, knowing how to deal with people, etc. These are also the skills most of your competition, most likely due to nerves, will completely forget about during the interview.

The truth is people hire people they like. And they like people with good people skills. To stand out, make sure your soft skills are a great match for the company — and then deliberately highlight those skills during the interview.

You have zero control over how other candidates are responding to certain questions or what credentials they may have. So your only real job right now: worry about what you bring to this company.

Do that and you’ll not only nail the hiring process… you will make your competition irrelevant.


For this post, YouTern thanks our friends at Chameleon Resumes.


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Lisa RangelAbout the Author: Lisa Rangel is founder and managing director of Chameleon Resumes, a Forbes Top 100 Career Website, has helped hundreds of people land the exact job they wanted – even when they weren’t sure they would get an interview. Lisa is a 7-time certified resume writer and job search consultant, a former recruiter and one of the few executive resume writers performing resume and job search-related contract work for LinkedIn. She has been featured on Forbes.com, LinkedIn, Investors Business Daily, and so many more publications. Follow Lisa on Twitter!


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