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Hey folks 👋 this week, we're going to explore how we can each give ourselves the best advantages in the career game.

It's safe to say the world of careers has had a massive period of evolution over the last half-decade. This has resulted in different careers, new skills and more competition.

With all these changes and constant competition, it pays to identify how we can stand out from the crowd to get access to the best opportunities. Scroll down to explore more on this thought ⬇️.


Also, not forgetting the usual dose of weird, wonderful and what I hope is helpful content from the rest of planet earth in my curated roundup.
 
The big thought

A unique selling point or USP for short is often not associated with our career development. Yet, it should be.

There are 8 billion humans on planet earth right now and we can guess that perhaps millions of people are in the same industry and even the same role as you are today.

So, how do you stand out from the crowd?

This is why we must build a unique selling point for ourselves and our skills. This applies to anyone, regardless if you’re working for a company or self-employed as a freelancer.

🤔  What is it that you specifically bring to the table?

➡️  Think about your work and its impact and value for companies and clients.

🫰 What was the financial value of this?

📈  What was the performance outcome of this?

💡 Outside of the industry standard toolkit, what else do you bring?

⭐  What are the unique attributes, points of view and abilities that only you can bring to a shared subject matter?

To get your career profile noticed and grow your career in a company or as a freelancer, you must establish a USP. 

Once you know what sets you apart from everyone and can show that to the world, you can truly own your career.

 
You might also like...
Content that has caught my attention and might interest you too.


🤔 Stumbled upon this piece on the 5 key trends shaping the new world of work. I found this quite insightful as most if not all points are linked to the world of employee experience and L&D.

This, of course, seems like we are in the thick of spearheading evolution. Which can only be positive, right?



💡An intriguing point of view from the team at Filtered on why we should run a skills gap analysis on our content and not just our workforce. 


👏 A thoughtful piece that I came upon across another doom-scrolling adventure that features advice from retirees to younger generations on how to spend our time wisely.
 
One more thing...

Visual thoughts for L&D friends

I thought I'd share a quick video on how to navigate conversations on learning design with stakeholders.

In this video, I share 3 examples of conversations you could encounter and potential ways to lead the conversation to identify a performance outcome and build solutions of value.

If you want to see more video breakdowns, let me know in the YT comments or hit 'reply' on this mail.

"Life does not ask what we want. It presents us with options"

Thomas Sowell
 

That's it for this week. Please do share your thoughts with me on these pieces or anything I share on the Twitterverse and LinkedIn. Chat to you soon and stay healthy people!

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