Your University Name    the Competitive Edge

by Susan Whitcomb

Overview/What You Will Learn

Now that you understand what your target employer seeks, in Part 2 of her series Susan Whitcomb turns to the Internal “FIT” -- clarifying your own identity as a job candidate to determine the optimum career match for you.  

Key Points

  • Knowing what you are passionate about is very important, BUT IT HAS to intersect with what employers and the marketplace want.  They’re focused on your strengths, skills, experience, attitude and ROI (what you can contribute to the business).
  • The attitude and likeability factor can help compensate for lack of experience or skills.
  • The “Why Buy? ROI” factor is the most critical for your success.  Clarify your value proposition, the tangible value you offer your potential employer, so you can convey it every chance you get.
  • Internal “FIT”, which incorporates the optimum match elements from the candidate’s perspective, consists of the following:
    • “F” represents Fulfillment - or living a meaningful life.  This entails knowing where you want to go in your career and where you want to be 10, 15 or 20 years from now.
    • “I” stands for Initiative – what you are willing to do to achieve your objectives. Graduates with the most initiative earn jobs faster, often over candidates with higher GPAs or stronger skill sets.  Initiative also bridges gaps between interests and abilities, compensating for lack of experience, for example, if you are driven enough.
    • “T” stands for Things that Matter – the values and priorities that are most important to you to achieve satisfaction.  Is it influence you’re after? Income? Reputation? Social responsibility? Flexible schedule?

Your Next Steps / Tips for Success

  • Complete the remaining elements of your Master FIT form.
  • Finish any due diligence related to what employers want (e.g., your Why Buy? ROI statement).
  • Proceed to Part 3 of Assess Your AssetsDetermine Your Direction to Jumpstart Your Job Search!