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01/07/21
WOW Factor How to Progress in Job Searches
Filed under: Recent Posts, Interviewing, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 6:41 am

During a career discussion with a Ph.D. who is figuring out
what to do next and what it takes to succeed, we talked about
“wow” factors of candidates that separates outstanding candidates
from good, yet unprepared, candidates.  [I use this term to be
kind to unsuccessful candidates.]

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What is the “wow” factor and how can candidates achieve it?
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Forbes described it in a Young Entrepreneurs Council discussion recently. 
-  go the extra distance and trying new avenues pursuing goals
      Curiosity
-  developing new interests by reading and with mentors
       Enthusiasm
-  adjusting to new realities while learning from the past
        Adaptability
-  while they may not grasp the culture of the interviewer, understanding
that culture fit will not be based on real skills on paper but attitude
and assertiveness
          Culture Fit
-  being a self starter and willingness to take direction while adding
in originality
           Doing the right things when no one is looking
=  getting things done in timely basis with a profit motive
           Work Ethic
-  being humble yet having self knowledge about strengths and
weaknesses
             Strengths and weaknesses, what are you doing about it
-  be able to describe your accomplishments in perspective
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Realize that each one of us needs a tailored elevator pitch tuned to
why you want the position and you are a good candidate.  Also,
have personal reflections revealing wow factor elements that shows
who you are by your behaviors

2 Responses to “WOW Factor How to Progress in Job Searches”

  1. site admin Says:


    What is your wow factor?
    Your ‘WOW factor’ makes you unique, special, and one-of-a-kind.
    Your WOW ‘factor’ commands attention and makes people stop
    and say:

    “WOW, that person (enter your ‘WOW factor’ here!)”
  2. site admin Says:


    See also .

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