Why "Qualified" is The New Basic


 In the hyper-competitive landscape within corporate America, simply being "qualified" for a position is no longer enough. A stellar resume, once your golden ticket, is now just the price of entry.

Traditional qualifications might get your foot in the door, but in a sea of equally qualified candidates, what you bring to the table in terms of creativity, innovation, and adaptability is what will elevate your credibility and brand.

To achieve success, you need to be a combination of not just your qualifications, but also your unique attributes and soft skills.

Emotional IQ is the New MBA

As businesses evolve, so does the role of a leader. Gone are the days when traits like dominance and assertiveness were the hallmarks of leadership. Emotional intelligence, the ability to inspire, and fostering collaboration are the new non-negotiables.

In this transformational age, leaders are now expected to be culture creators, empathetic listeners, and agile decision-makers.

Hiring managers aren't just looking at your qualifications; they're evaluating how you'll connect with their existing team and contribute to the organization's broader mission.

How to Be a Team Player Without Losing Your Shine

Your unique capabilities should not just make you indispensable but should also integrate naturally with the team's objectives. The art lies in striking a balance between standing out and fitting in.

Being a unique contributor doesn't absolve you from contributing to the team's goals; your unique skill set should fuel the team's mission.

The aim is to add a special kind of value—one that enhances the project or objective at hand while also future-proofing the team's capabilities.

It's Not About the Best, It's About Finding Your Fit

The phrase "best person for the job" is outdated. In a landscape of exceptional talent, what does "best" even mean? The goal isn't to outshine everyone; it's to add value to the path and mission. (aka your secret "sauce")

Your unique value should mesh with the team's needs and the organization's overarching objectives.

The essence is in harmony; you contribute in ways that strengthen the team, further the mission, and add a layer of innovative thinking or problem-solving that wasn't present before.

Why UVP is Your Career MVP

Defining your Unique Value Proposition (UVP) is more than a catchy phrase; it's the linchpin of your professional identity. This isn't about just differentiating yourself; it's about positioning yourself as an asset who solves specific problems in unique ways.

When you align your UVP with your career goals, the alignment is almost magical.

You find a zone where your pay meets your inner peace and sense of purpose, creating a holistic career path that resonates at a deeper level, thereby becoming more attractive to potential employers.

Dare to Be More Than Just Another Name on a Resume

Being qualified is just the opening act. The main event is your impact—how you leverage your unique capabilities to make a meaningful difference. This is about contributing to a legacy, not just a project.

Embrace a holistic approach to leadership that incorporates both your professional skills and personal attributes.

You're not just climbing the corporate ladder; you're creating a blueprint for how that ladder should be scaled, both for yourself and for future leaders in the organization.


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Alicia Perkins is a former Recruiting & HR leader who is now helping professionals master their careers & thrive on their terms.

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