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More than 80% of North Carolina ca­reer coach Ericka Spradley’s clients get of­fers. Here’s her strat­egy for suc­cess. ALIGN Cre­ate two col­umns. On the left, jot down the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties re­quired for the role; on the right, note your rel­e­vant qual­i­fi­ca­tions. “Com­pare how your ex­per­tise aligns with the em­ployer’s needs,” she says. Where there are gaps, con­sider how your other skills could help the com­pany, and re­po­si­tion them. DE­FINE Write an im­pres­sive and spe­cific ex­am­ple of how you killed it at work next to each re­spon­si­bil­ity. RE­FINE Review your ex­am­ples to en­sure they don’t sound re­hearsed and that you haven’t over­shad­owed your ex­pe­ri­ence by overus­ing the word we. “Em­ploy­ers want to know about you,” she says.

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