October 22, 2010 / 2:27 PM / 8 years ago

Management Tip of the Day: Focus on your distinctive skills

A doctor checks the eyesight of Carin Bell, one of a group of about 50 children who were being tested at the Red Cross Children Hospital in Cape Town, October 11, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

BOSTON (Reuters) - The Management Tip of the Day offers quick, practical and ideas from Harvard Business Review and HBR.org (www.hbr.org). Any opinions expressed are not endorsed by Reuters.

“When selling yourself in the talent marketplace, it can be all too easy to focus on the strengths that were hard-won or are required of the job in question. But these skills are often the ones that many other people have, too.

“Your most stand-out talent is probably something you do without even thinking. Ask colleagues or friends what strengths you might be undervaluing. Lead with these exceptional skills instead. Articulate to prospective employers, or to the boss who’s considering your raise, your unique value proposition as an employee.

“Employers don’t just want someone slightly better than everyone else; they are looking for someone with a truly distinctive skill set.”

- Today’s management tip “To Get Paid What You’re Worth, Know Your Disruptive Skills” by Whitney Johnson.

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