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How to Stand Out from the Competition (Ep. 279)

Being more connected than ever comes with consequences.

Well, it’s not all bad. It also comes with more opportunities than ever before. But still, consequences.

It’s relatively simple to interview remotely and land a job on the other side of the country. It’s even simpler to just work remotely and cut out the moving process entirely. This means that for the most desirable opportunities, you’re probably competing with far more than just the local talent pool.

In this kind of an environment, standing out from the crowd is more important than ever. In a pile of 1,000 resumes, you can’t afford to be just another one.

Things mentioned in this episode:

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Other things we mentioned in this episode:

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  • 0:08:56 – The AIDA Framework
  • 0:22:23 – Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)
  • 0:25:15 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:27:13 – Getting the right kind of attention
  • 0:39:00 – Things you shouldn’t do to get attention
  • 0:44:51 – Going to networking events
  • 0:49:53 – Writing a cover letter
  • 1:00:52 – Making a good first impression
  • 1:11:33 – Conclusion

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