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When Seeking XX, Be Specific

I met with young professional several months ago who was looking for advice on the Atlanta startup scene as well as to share that she was in the market. She, like many others I’ve met, start out describing how they liked new challenges, feel a part of the company, work with a team, etc. If you read that and were wondering, “so what?”, you’re not alone.

What many people describe in their “next job search” are table stakes today. Why wouldn’t you want new challenges? Why wouldn’t you want to feel a part of the company? There needs to be specificity.

I liken this to the oft-written online dating profile. If you’ve been on any online dating site or app, many profiles read the exact same – “I’m nice, funny, love to travel…” You don’t say?.. Everyone says the same.

In fact, here are a few excerpts of actual submissions to a job requisition when asked, “Who are you?”
  • “strengths lie in developing customer relationships with my energetic personality”
  • “I am a well organized, enthusiastic, coachable professional”
  • “I have a proven track record of success”
Much like seeking a job opportunity or other partner, seekers should be more specific. What really drives the seeker? What type of challenges? What challenges do you not like? What have you actually accomplished?

These are better examples:
  • “sales leader with a diverse background in Inside Sales, B2B Sales, Digital Advertising Sales, and Sales Management”
  • “After spending the past three years working as the Marketing Manager for an eCommerce SEM agency”
  • “They don't always pan out, but constantly innovating and reinventing everyday activities in our lives has certainly made my life more interesting”
These share more details and are much more specific. They illustrate traits that the prior examples just list.

Think about the specifics.

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