What gives you the career competitive edge?

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Jul 31

One of the greatest needs in career management is a clear understanding of where your strengths are in relation to managers and companies meeting their goals.

But, self-awareness is a tough skill because we are too close to what we do to see our work through a competitive lens.

As a result, I’m always looking for good questions to ask ourselves when trying to define our strengths. A great one comes from Executive Career Insights and Personal Branding + Career Achievements = Personal Career Distinction:

If you were among the final three candidates for your ideal job, what do you believe you have that would give you the edge over the others?

Assume that the rest of the candidates are qualified and have impressive achievements – what is it that will keep you in the forefront of employers’ minds.

Answer this question and you are well on your way to understanding your personal brand.

This is similar to the Cube Rules Skills + Performance = Opportunities, but focuses the results on building a professional brand.

What other self-assessment questions have worked for you in defining your strengths?

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About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.