The Zebra – To Blend In Or Stand Out

Posted by Carolyn Thompson on Nov 5, 2008 in Building Confidence |

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Wondering if you should blend in with the herd, or take a risk and stand out? In today’s predatory job market sticking to current skills and familiar jobs might seem the best way to stay safe, but life in the herd isn’t easy when resources get scarce. By taking a chance on a different kind of job, or playing up your more unusual assets, you might discover a different oasis where you’re the alpha beast. Who knows, the herd might follow, so keep reinventing those stripes!

Don’t know what makes you different? Consider your past experiences: Which ones give you the edge and perspective that’s unique to you? Remember the contributions you’ve made to former employers and managers; how did you set yourself apart from your colleagues? What particular strengths got you those jobs? Does your resume show off your experiences? Do you have specific examples of how and when you were able to save your previous boss time and money? Don’t be afraid to show your stripes – they’re what makes you unique!

Mario Valdez
Associate, CMCS

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Apr 16, 2009 at 2:35 am

I rarely comment on blogs but yours I had to stop and say Great Blog!!


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