17 Sep Don’t just have ‘a Resume’
Don’t just have ‘a Resume’. Make sure that your Resume presents you in the best possible light: one that clearly communicates your value, that speaks not only to what you will bring to the position but also the ways in which you want to grow and develop professionally.
Your Resume must speak for you when you are not there. In today’s job market this means that it has to communicate not only factual information but also Emotional Intelligence. It needs to be a document of such high value and professional integrity that it can’t be put to the side or the bottom of the pile.
You goal must be that when the Managers who are short listing the incoming Resumes read your Resume, they say: “Who is this?? I absolutely have to meet this candidate.”
That’s the first step.
Next is the Interview
Your Interview Skills need to be stratospherically great. If the way in which you present yourself in the Interview doesn’t match the quality of your Resume, you won’t be hired. There has to be a seamless consistency to how you present yourself on paper, as well as in person.
Remember, you are expected to be a little nervous in an Interview, and you’re not expected to have all the answers however, HOW you come across is critically important. The interviewers have already got most of the facts about you from your Resume. Now they want to get ‘a read’ on you, to get a sense of you in ways a Resume can’t tell them: your ability to connect with others, your energy, attitude, honesty, professionalism, mood/mindset, ability to communicate etc.
What does this mean?
It means, RAISE THE BAR. Train, research, reach out for help, work with a Professional Career Coach, do the work! Bring the highest quality of effort to developing your Resume, Cover Letter and Interview Skills, so that you increase, and know, your value BEFORE applying for the position.
That’s not all. This also includes elevating how you present yourself: how you walk into the interview, shake hands, eye contact, how you sit, speak, dress, your professional composure, your mental clarity, your emotional integrity and sincerity. Everything counts.
It also means that you’ve done your research on the company: learned about their Mission and Vision Statements, their history, corporate values/what’s important to them, their corporate culture etc.
Trust me when I say, all your preparation efforts will show in the Interview. You will stand out from the crowd. You will increase your Value. You will be impossible to ignore!! You will have to be taken seriously.
Global employment website Indeed has a couple of posts you may want to read when preparing for Interviews. They are standard points but a good review nonetheless: 14 Tips to Improve your Interview Skills and 11 Common Interview Mistakes and How to avoid them .
Wishing you the GREATEST Career success! – Kristina Jansz
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