When you’re at the start of your career or considering a career change, the task of “selling yourself” on a resume, cover letter, or in an interview can often feel overwhelming to some. How do you make yourself stand out?

With some self-reflection, you can discover your top strengths that will help you feel more confident in your job search and point you in the right direction for the best-suited career path for you.

In a recent episode of #GetHired Live, a LinkedIn News weekly live stream, career, and interview coach Kyle Elliott offered tips on how to discover and own your greatness.

Elliott suggests that you reach out to at least three people you’ve collaborated with or worked with in the past and ask them what makes you special. This takes a little bit of vulnerability, but as Brené Brown says in her book Rising Strong, “Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.” Let the people you reach out to know what you’re trying to achieve and why you’re seeking their insight.

Once you have this information, plot it on one side of a Venn diagram. On the other side of the diagram, put your childhood interests. Notice where the interests overlap and put them in the center of the diagram. These interests are your biggest strengths!

Elliott suggests using these strengths to tell potential employers how you do jobs differently than others. It’s a way to show your unique attributes from a place of authenticity, which often has a more significant impact in an interview than many of the more off-the-cuff strengths like “detail-oriented,” “hardworking,” and “organized.” Allow your unique strengths to illustrate that you are a one-of-a-kind resource.

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Celebrating Healthcare Workers: ‘You Are the Champions’

If you happen to be in a Rhode Island hospital, you might hear the Rocky theme song accompanied by cheering. At New York’s Presbyterian Queens Hospital the song is Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin.” When the staff at Indiana University Health North Hospital celebrated the discharge of their first COVID-19 patient, the Beatles’ “Here Comes the Sun” was playing.

All across America, hospitals are celebrating the discharge of recovered patients with upbeat, positive songs as medical staff cheer.

No one is certain where the practice began. The earliest word comes from CNN, which in mid-April reported that hospital staffs were celebrating the release of COVID-19 patients by lining the hallways to clap and cheer. Hospitals in New York were including music in these impromptu celebrations.

“It is not only a tribute to the resilience of the patient, but also an anthem of affirmation for the medical professionals: Through long shifts, with few positive moments and supplies stretched thin, they have saved another life,” wrote The New York Times a few days later.

Now, singer Adam Lambert and Queen band members Brian May and Roger Taylor have produced a new version of a classic Queen hit, renaming it “You are the Champions” in honor of healthcare workers. Released on streaming and music download channels just over a week ago, proceeds from the song go to the World Health Organization’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund.https://www.youtube.com/embed/7LcLqIHzNkY?feature=oembed

The video version opens with scenes of empty streets and communities and images of mask-wearing people worldwide, before moving to medical professionals and first responders caring for victims. As befitting an anthem that celebrates victory, the video ends with hospital staff cheering the release of patients everywhere.  

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