Perhaps you have seen Texas bluebonnets before – for real, not in a picture, a postcard or a Google image. I am talking about the breathtaking sort of Texas bluebonnets where you can actually touch them and inhale their fragrance up close and personal! For years, I have thought (dreamed) about how amazing it would be to see first-hand somewhere on Texas soil a bunch of bluebonnets!
This year in April, it happened, not far from Ennis, Texas which is not too far from Dallas. And for sure, the Texas bluebonnet experience was spectacular, just as I had imagined it would be! If you have ever stood in a field of Texas bluebonnets, you know how splendid it is. If you haven’t, I would highly encourage you to put it on your "Things to Do” list. I was awestruck.
As I was taking it all in, I spied an orange-colored flower amidst all of the beautiful bluebonnets. I didn’t know what it was until a Texan told me it is called Indian Paintbrush. Something different in a sea of bluebonnets. Something that made me think of personal brands and job seekers and standing out and being a distinct, one-of-a-kind original in a sea of sameness.
As you look for a new job, are you standing out? Are you offering a distinct and unique brand that meets the criteria the employer desires? Do you know how your strengths add value to an organization’s needs and bottom line? Are you cognizant of your competitive advantage? Are you describing yourself with interesting, relevant language or are you regurgitating worn out words and tired phrases?
I hope you are like the Indian Paintbrush standing out in a field of Texas bluebonnets. I hope you are easily noticed. I hope you know why the hiring manager ‘should’ pick you! I hope you ‘get’ the extreme amount of focus that it takes to distinguish yourself in a field full of outstanding, talented candidates.
posted/photos by billiesucher