July 19, 2018

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Why Should I Hire You?

The other day I was speaking with a young fellow who had been laid off from his job at a large consulting firm. His education and work experience were exceptional so I was surprised to learn he had been out of work for eight months. "Why so long?" I asked him. He launched into a list of things he couldn't do, experience he didn't have and technology he didn't know. All of these plus "the economy" were why he was still looking. It wasn't until I asked him what he wanted to do in his next job that a glimmer of passion entered his voice.

Being out of work for an extended period is certain to erode even the most confident job seeker. That's why it's so important that you stay focused on your strengths and how your special qualities, skills and abilities can benefit a potential employer. Remember you are the only person in the world who knows everything about what you know!

Here are a few suggestions to help you stay on track.

Mariette Edwards is a business and career strategist, consultant, speaker and writer. Visit her web site at for more information. ęCopyright 2001 - 2004 Mariette Durack Edwards All rights reserved

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