Standing Out in the Job Market


Hi, everybody. I’m Mike Staver. This is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions from people just like you. Here’s this week’s question.

“I am young and looking at leaving my current role for a more challenging, bigger role. How do I differentiate myself in the job market to increase my chances?”

This is a really good question. Here’s how you do it. Nobody cares that you worked at ABC Pet Shop Feeding Goldfish. What they care about is whether or not you are able to solve a problem. People hire people who can help them solve problems and advance the course of the business. So what I want you do to, whether you’re right out of high school, right out of college, or if you’ve been in the job market for a long time, I want you to start concentrating and focusing on the problems that you’ve helped people solve.

In a recent episode, Marty said he helped people solve their angst on camera by helping people feel more comfortable and get their message out. If Marty were looking for a job as a producer, then I would say “Marty – it doesn’t really matter as much that you have many years of experience. What matters is that you’re an expert at helping talent get their message across, even when it’s difficult for them.” That’s a marketable skill, the way you differentiate yourself, is it not?

Years of experience. It’s not all that it is. What the problem is that you are capable of solving in the space where you’re capable of solving them. If you put that together, people are going to go “Oh, that’s a problem I definitely need help solving.”

I hope that’s helpful, it’s all about solving problems. I’ve made a whole living solving problems.

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