What Is Your Competitive Edge?

Visit any job boards and you will notice dozens of applicants vying for open positions. So, the more senior the position, the tougher the competition.

With the current economy, it is an employer’s market. Therefore, companies can be selective about who they interview and hire for almost any management position.


Competition for a job no longer is concentrated in your geographic market. Electronic media has dramatically increased the geographic scope and number of candidates.

The more senior the position, the less likely companies will post it on any job boards.  Still, a resume is the first step in the employment process.


Based on discussions, with friends in the recruiting business, many resumes are scanned electronically to identify prospective candidates matching specific key criteria.

For those resumes still reviewed manually, reviewers spend less than thirty seconds with each resume looking for keywords and other qualifiers.


According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median tenure of workers ages 25 to 34 is three years.

The rate is down from 3.2 years in 2012.  The national average for all wage and salary workers is 4.6 years, unchanged since 2012.

A recent article in the Dallas Business Journal noted the need for a competitive edge. The Dallas workforce is 3.4 million, of which 32% (1,120,000) have college degrees.

Dallas hosts 21 Fortune 500 companies, 41 Fortune 1000 companies and 656 operations that employ 1,000 or more.

Questions to Ask Yourself

The chances are high that in the near future you will be seeking a promotion or a new position.

  • What are you doing to differentiate yourself?
  • What is your competitive edge?
  • What makes you stand out from the crowd?

I provide graduates of FTP’s Managing Operations Workshop with the opportunity to differentiate themselves.

Managing Operations Workshop

Upon completing the 3-day workshop, each graduate completes a 6-week mentored project addressing a problem in their area of operation.

Upon completion of the project, each graduate makes a senior management presentation detailing the challenge, analysis, solution, costs/benefits and time frame for implementation.

Graduates have consistently identified and generated in quality, customer service, timeliness and operational costs for their organizations. Graduating classes on average return an ROI 20 times greater than their learning investment.

In addition to learning and demonstrating valuable life-long management skills and the recognition of senior management, each graduate enhances their resume and business value.

If you are in a supervisory or line management role, contact FTP to learn how the Managing Operations Workshop will improve your competitive edge.

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What Is Your Competitive Edge?
Visit any job boards and you will notice dozens of applicants vying for open positions. The more senior the position, the tougher the competition.

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