Becoming Uncommon in your Job Search

I was reading a blog post by Glen Plantz today about becoming uncommon, talking about a book called Quiet Strength. Read that entire (short post) here.

In the post he talks about “God-given” natural abilities, which some are blessed with, and then the rest of us who have to work hard to create our own abilities.

He ties it up with a job search perspective… how can we become “uncommon?”

My thoughts immediately turn to networking and personal branding, and what we can/should do to create that uncommon brand.

What have YOU done to become uncommon in your career management?

4 thoughts on “Becoming Uncommon in your Job Search”

  1. Good question. I would hope that some of the things I have done to be uncommon are being myself and trying to do the best that I can do. Funny how we are somewhat on the same page with the networking and personal branding idea.

    Earlier today I posted which is a blog post about how 283.5 found jobs. I know the .5 threw me off too.

    Good link to Glen’s post as well.

    Thanks Jason.

  2. One of the biggest shifts in thinking for me was when I realized tha my job is not my career. It is only one part of it. As I’ve worked to develop my personal brand, I’ve realized that there’s so much more about me and what I have to offer the world than what I do at a job. In many cases, this has led to other hobbies and projects, which has led to other opportunities.

    Identifying one’s own uniqueness and how that fits with a particular job, and being able to communicate that effectively is one of the most common qualities of a successful job seeker.

  3. Jason,

    I am reading the thread of “Becoming Uncommon in your Job Search”, the post of Daniel Johnson Jr (which I liked very much.

    These posts parallels my thinking.

    At the 50,000 level it is not about search techniques, but who you are.
    It is especially important to be “objectively distanced” from your job and your job search.

    May I suggest that this “concept” , “idea” is so important, that it deserves
    consideration for a “foundation” series and into an article and into a book?


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