This August 12, we celebrate Middle Child Day! Shout-out to all the overlooked superstars who grew up blending into the woodwork of multi-child households. If you're a middle child, then you know what it means to work twice as hard and shine as twice as bright, but receive half the credit. And while this unbalanced bar may present a challenge at age five, it also enforces valuable lessons that serve middle children well in the workplace. Leverage these five traits as you write your cover letter to launch into your job search.
You can negotiate
You had to negotiate fiercely for every single inch of ground on any of childhood's disputed turfs. So, you learned all the tricks. It's up to you to explain who you are and why you deserve that job (or the front seat in the car). You know how to make an argument and back it up with facts. Read that job description carefully. Look into the company as a whole to determine how you could benefit it overall. Passionately explain how you exceed every expectation. Tap into your negotiation skills to leverage your worth, even if you don't meet all requirements.
You see the world differently
Middle children think — and live — outside of the proverbial box. They do things their own way and they play by their own rules. Employers and clients count on them for the best new ideas and simple solutions to complex problems. Again, research the company. Look for signs of company culture. Using the culture detected, find a way to make your cover letter stand out. If the company jokingly states that employees must have a sense of humor, try inserting a silly line like this: "Though my resume fails to mention it, I do have a sense of humor." Applicants often overlook company culture. Prove that you don't.
Your competitors may have trouble waiting for the company to see things from their point of view. But not you. Your natural patience keeps you from losing your cool, and it makes you a kinder person, a better leader, and a great communicator. Convey this in your cover letter. Believe it or not, this is an unusual asset — especially if you apply to a managerial position.
Feeling overlooked as a middle child has paid off because you know how to take care of yourself. You seek direction and find reassurance on your own, you're resourceful, and you solve your own problems. Show this in your cover letter. If you don't meet every requirement for the ideal candidate, your independent nature may still set you apart from the crowd.
You are reasonably persistent
The middle child learned how to walk the fine line between staying the course and letting go. They know when to engage their relentless determination, but they also know how to make intelligent decisions when necessary. Make it clear that you'll try anything once, or even a hundred times. But if your actions aren't bringing the results you want, you know when to regroup. Recognize that this is a rare talent. Convey your ability in your cover letter. Employers will appreciate this skill.
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