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What makes you exceptional?

Posted by: Oliver Green

All employers look for candidates who have the right skills and experience for a role. But what if there are a number of people applying for the same role, what makes you exceptional?

It’s important that your achievements come across when you’re applying for jobs. Showing how you’ve been successful in your previous positions will help you stand out from other candidates.

Proving your exceptional

Start by making a list of all the things you’ve accomplished in your career so far. Once you’ve made your list, think about ways you’ve gone out of your way to deliver it. Think of ways to quantify your success. Numbers are a great way of demonstrating how you’ve been able to add value. They don’t have to relate to profitability, it could refer to a time when you’ve been able to save the company money, reduce costs or how you’ve improved processes. 
List any industry awards you’ve received. Mentioning awards or other forms of recognition received at work will also show that your employer has recognised your importance to the company.

Showcasing your achievements

Writing a cover letter

In your cover letter, look at highlighting two or three skills which demonstrate how you are perfect for the role and try to tailor these points to the job you’re applying for. For each skill/ability mention a time you used it to achieve success for your company.

In your CV

In your CV use bullet points to highlight your key achievements in each role, don’t just simply list your job responsibilities and duties. By outlining your success and emphasising your awards, you will show employers that your previous organisation valued you.

Think about incorporating some of these words to reinforce your points: 

  • Achieved
  • Created
  • Decreased/increased
  • Developed
  • Generated
  • Improved
  • Launched
  • Revenue/profits
  • Saved
  • Under budget

During the job interview

Think about examples of successes that you created during your interview preparation. That will ensure you stand out from the competition. When you’re responding to the questions, try to format your responses. A great way of formatting your responses is by using the STAR format.

  • Situation – Describe the context within which you performed a job or faced a challenge at work. 
  • Task- next, describe your responsibility in that situation. 
  • Action - then describe how you completed the task or overcame a challenging situation.
  • Result - lastly, explain the outcomes or results generated by the action taken.

If you want any help in finding your next job look for a workforce solutions company who can help advise you on the next steps to take, you can talk to a company like WRS.

Our expert consultants are always available for a chat about how we can help you. For a confidential chat get in touch. When you work with a staffing solutions company like WRS to help you take the next step in your career, you can benefit by learning about great roles ahead of other candidates, get coaching and support and all the way through the job search process including interview techniques and contract negotiation.

About WRS

WRS is a global workforce solutions and mobilisation company, specialising in the mining, maritime, construction, commodities, IT and energy industries. If you are considering your next move, register your details, send us your CV or you can simply take a look at our latest vacancies.


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