Your Value Proposition: A Critical Component To Having A Successful Job SearchWritten by David Richter
Your value proposition is a series of statements defining your worth. It is value you bring to table – skills, strengths, core competencies, marketable assets and accomplishments you can declare as your own. Your value proposition describes your uniqueness - your unique gifts. It is what differentiates you from crowd.
Think about some of statements you can make about yourself that reflect skills, strengths and competencies you possess. What makes you uniquely you? What is your value, your worth? Begin to jot down some ideas. You might want to ask someone who knows you well what values they see in you. You may be surprised by what they say. Then begin to formulate best way of stating this.
Your value proposition is cornerstone for all self-introductory communication. It sets tone. It’s how you make your mark. It is how you describe yourself when you are networking, when you are conducting an exploratory meeting with senior management, and when you are interviewing.
Your value proposition should be used as your primary response whenever you are asked these types of questions: • So tell me about yourself? • How are you different from every other candidate? • Why should I consider you for this position? • How do you know you can do job? • Why do I want to get to know you better?
Your value proposition also becomes an integral part of your resume. It is placed at top, so it sets tone. It holds tremendous weight as a differentiating tool, swiftly setting you, and your resume, apart from rest.
Counter Offers: Do They Merit Consideration?Written by David Richter
You are one of fortunate few who have not been downsized. However, your current job isn’t exactly fulfilling. Perhaps it isn’t what you enjoy doing. Maybe hours are too long. Perhaps you are having some conflicts with your supervisor. Your salary may not be on par with average job salaries for same type and level of position, or not come close to what you feel you are worth. Whatever reason(s), you have decided to enter into a job search.
So you begin your search. You work hard and spend quite a bit of time searching for your new job. Your efforts are finally rewarded; you have received an offer. Congratulations! Now comes hard part. Wait a minute! Did I just say “now comes hard part”? What am I talking about? The hard part is finding your new job, isn’t it?
If you are employed while searching for a job, you must inform your present employer that you have received an offer of employment elsewhere. When you give notice, two things can happen. Either your present employer will accept, with regret, your decision, or they will do whatever they can to persuade you to stay.
Your present employer probably spent a lot of time and money hiring and then training you. They are accustomed to your work habits and abilities, and know you work in harmony with your peers. You have achieved a number of accomplishments during your tenure there. To find your replacement at this juncture would be costly.