Job Search Branding Lessons from Your Local Supermarket

Jeff Altman
4 min readDec 7, 2023

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

I want to give you an example of how effective branding can be. It’s one that you are familiar with in your personal life and I want to use it as a metaphor for why you should be doing branding in your career and your professional life.

When you go to the store and buy laundry detergent have you ever in your entire life picked up the container of detergent, turned around and said to yourself,

“Hmm. I think the combination of chemicals in this detergent will do a better job of cleaning my laundry than these chemicals will.”

No. You’ve never done that once in your entire life. You put that laundry detergent because you’ve always bought that laundry detergent, or because there was a coupon, or it was cheaper… Anything other than the fact that it would make your wash cleaner.

Job hunting can be much the same thing and you can become the preferred hire for an organization by creating a brand for yourself as powerful as the detergent makers make for theirs.

Coffee. Starbucks coffee or another brand of coffee? How did Starbucks become so powerful? It’s more expensive. Oh! It is a better coffee! They created an experience for you at the store and you want to take that experience home with you.

Item by item things that advertisers are doing to create a brand image in your mind to advantage themselves over competitors. The organic apple versus the nonorganic Apple. It’s healthier. That’s the brand that they have.

Item by item, there are things that are done to create an impression in your mind that it is better to choose one versus another. You’ve been trained and conditioned to do this.

In job hunting, branding takes a lot of different forms. It’s all the things that you do…

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Jeff Altman

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