Your Skills Alone Will Not Win You The Job

To win a job offer today, you must set yourself apart from your competition. What do you offer the employer that the other candidates do not? Odds are, you have similar educational backgrounds and work experience. Employers are looking for more. They want employees who have the determination to succeed, get along well with others and are well rounded. It is not a matter of GPA or test scores. Employers want to build teams of dedicated employees who they trust, and want to be around. Face it – we spend more time with our colleagues than we do our family and friends. Your likability is to ace the interview

According to a recent CareerBuilder study of more than 2,000 employers, hiring managers consider the following factors when comparing similarly-qualified candidates:

27%  Having a better sense of humor
26%  Being involved in your community
22%  Being better dressed
21%  Having more in common with the employer
13%  Being more physically fit
8%  Understanding current affairs and pop culture
7%  Being more involved in social media
4%  Being more knowledgeable about sports

In your next job interview, let the employer get to know you. Share your interests, career aspirations  and your eagerness to succeed in the role. Let them know you will be a valuable addition to their team. How you present yourself in the job interview will make or break your chance at career advancement.

Trish Thomas founded The Resume Resource in 2009 to help people develop the tools, strategies and confidence to build satisfying careers. As a Career Coach and Resume Writer, she helps her clients articulate their unique value to stand out from the competition, and guides them through the job search process to make it less overwhelming and more successful. Contact us to see how we can help you build a more rewarding career.

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