Discover & Highlight Your ‘X’ Factor When Applying for Jobs

When you’re looking for a job, there’s always a lot to keep in mind, not the least of which is making sure you have an impressive resume that will catch the eye of a recruiter.

There are many ways you can ensure your resume is a good one; choosing to list only experience that is relevant to the job you’re applying for, for example. And of course we can’t stress enough the importance of making sure your resume is carefully proofread so that it doesn’t end up in the trash can due to careless spelling and grammar errors.

But even if you’ve made the effort to make your resume perfect, it might still end up being passed over in favor of another candidate. You might be perfectly qualified for the job, and you might be professional in your appearance and presentation, and yet this may still not be enough to land you the job.

What you need is something that makes you stand out. Something that sets you apart from the other candidates and makes recruiters decide that they need to have you on their team. There’s no shortage of talented and highly qualified people in Oregon, but in today’s competitive job market you will need something more. We call this something your ‘X’ Factor, and below you will discover your own ‘X’ Factor and how to highlight it when looking for jobs.

Discover Your ‘X’ Factor

The first step, of course, is to discover what your ‘X’ Factor is. What do you uniquely bring to the table that other, perhaps equally qualified, candidates cannot? Finding your ‘X’ Factor should begin by taking a look within. What motivates you? What is important to you? What about the world would you like to change? If you can answer these questions, you have taken a big step towards discovering what your unique ‘X’ Factor is.

There are many other ways you can find out what’s unique about you, too. What type of reading material do you enjoy? What do you do for fun? All of these things elements matter when you’re looking for work. For example, suppose you have a passion for physical exercise and find motivation in organization. When applying for a job in construction, these factors will set you apart. The trick, of course, is to find out how to highlight these components when you’re applying for the job.

How To Highlight Your Skills

Once you have an idea of the unique qualities you bring to the table, you can start thinking about how to use those qualities to catch the eye of recruiters. This will take quite a bit of effort, and you should be prepared to work hard every day during your job search. Remember, while you are unemployed, your job search is your job! You will have to be willing to put in quite a bit of sweat in order to make yourself stand apart from other potential candidates in the Oregon job market.

With that said, one of the best things you can do is create a new resume and a new cover letter for each job you apply for. Rather than sending the exact same paperwork to each recruiter, take the time to sit down and draft a new letter each time.

Do your research! Spend time researching the company; find out what their mission statement is and familiarize yourself with what they do. Then carefully craft a resume, highlighting all relevant experience you may have. When you write your cover letter, here’s where you can emphasize your ‘X’ Factor. Make sure to note especially when your unique qualities align with the company’s goals. Writing a cover letter is an art form in and of itself; try not to be too formal. Instead, highlight your personality and goals in a conversational manner. Don’t be too casual, either; you need to show that you will fit in with the company culture and can work well with others without straying from professionalism.

Even if you’re working hard every single day, it might take quite a while before you can land an interview. Don’t become discouraged by this. Job hunting is not easy, but as long as you don’t give up, you will make it happen.

If you find that you aren’t having success landing interviews, take this as feedback and consider making some alterations. Maybe your cover letters need to be tweaked. Or perhaps your resume is too bloated and you need to streamline your accomplishments. Either way, don’t worry if it takes you awhile to get an interview. Just keep working hard and you’ll get there.

The Interview Process

Once you’ve lined up an interview, congratulations! That’s a huge step in your job search and you should be proud of yourself for getting that far. But you’re not done yet; you still need to ace the interview and get hired. It’s at this point in the process that you will really have the chance to highlight your ‘X’ Factor and wow the recruiters.

We’ve mentioned that you should think about what motivates you as a person when looking for that ‘X’ Factor and if you know what that is, you should be able to communicate it to the recruiter. What you’re really trying to do is show that you care about the company and their mission and explain how your personal interests and passions align with those goals. If you can show that you truly believe in the work you’ll be doing, you will certainly impress your future boss and that’s what your ‘X’ Factor really is.

Don’t Be Afraid To Seek Help

Job hunting can be a monumental and intimidating task. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help along the way. One organization that can help is us at Goodwill in Oregon. Head to the website at Goodwill Job Connection and make an appointment with an employment specialist near year. These experts will help you put together a resume, write a cover letter, and even discover your own ‘X’ Factor. Good luck with your search!


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