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Know what you bring to the table

Excerpts from this chapter of Good Things for a Full Life:

Why should anyone hire you?


So many talented people with so much valuable experience are vying for positions in virtually every field. To land a role, or even just qualify for an interview, you must be able to articulate the value you bring to a particular position.


What knowledge, experience, skills, and perspective do you bring to the table? If you don’t know or can’t express the answer to this question, you’re at a disadvantage. Seek out a friend or career counselor to help you repackage your experience and skills so potential employers hear a solid answer when they ask why they should hire you.

Good Questions

  1. What are the top three skills you have that would be of value to an employer?
  2. What expertise and knowledge do you have about your chosen field?
  3. How have you added value to work or volunteer assignments in the past?
  4. How can you position your value to a prospective employer? Finish this statement: “My ability ____________ would make your project successful.”

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