“In order to be irreplaceable one must be different.” – Coco Chanel
We recently conducted interviews for a secretarial position in our organization. We had 5 interviews one day and at the end of the day I looked at my assistant and asked her what she thought of the interviews that day. She responded with, “they were all kind of the same.”
I had to agree. All of them were dressed for the cause and had a bubbly personality to them, but we were looking for more than that. We wanted someone who wasn’t afraid to be different.
We have hired for this position in the past and it does take someone who has a sense of professionalism in their style and has a bubbly personality, but we wanted more than that. We wanted someone who stood out. I’m not talking “stand out” like having purple hair or a nose ring (although that would have been different), I’m talking edgy- someone who came in with a purpose and wanted to make that job their baby and wanted to take that job to new heights.
We weren’t just looking for someone to come in and answer the phones and send faxes. We were looking for someone who was going to differentiate themselves from the crowd and truly make a difference for our team. After all, that was different from anything or anyone that we’d had in the past.
I challenge you this week to differentiate yourself from the crowd. Your career will soar to new heights when you separate yourself from the ordinary crowd.