The Relationship of an Interview: Resume
The process of interviewing for a position can be a lot like dating and finding your soul mate. We’re all looking for that perfect fit. Some of our relationships might last longer than others and sometimes we just outgrow the relationship all together.
Years ago I worked for X-Games as an event coordinator. On the last day of X Games, I was headed back to our work trailer and was dressed in dirty cargo pants (as we’d been working in the dirt all day), a black t-shirt, and a hat. Needless to say, it probably wasn’t my best look.
From across the field, I heard a deep voice yell over to me and ask if I wanted a Red Bull. Reluctantly, I put on a smile and headed in that direction. I was met with the most beautiful blue eyes, a kind smile and a flat-billed hat. I coyly asked if he had any sugar-free, and he nodded and ran into the truck to grab the last one for me.
As we began dating, I learned that the flat-billed hat was worn that night to cover up an awful haircut that this guy had received that morning, and he later learned that I don’t always go for the healthier, sugar-free options…sometimes all I want is a big plate of nachos!
Resume: Flirting with the Company
Your resume is like sending out the pheromones. You’re putting yourself out on the market to intrigue prospective companies, letting them know you’re interested.
This is your chance to introduce yourself and put your best features forward so you’ll be asked on that first date (or interview).
Give Your Digits
Your resume should have all your current contact information. Make sure that your resume is up to date with the easiest ways to contact you. All the information should be formatted neatly and easy to read.
What Do You Want to Know?
Your resume should be ONE page of information to summarize your work history and experience. You can provide your relevant education such as degrees, related classes, courses taken, or applicable certifications. There is no need to include high school information. Remember that your resume is going to be among many other candidates who probably all have that high school education. List education that makes you more qualified for this particular position.
Work Experience should be limited to 3-4 past jobs. Your prospective employer doesn’t need to know EVERY position you’ve ever held. List only the most recent and relevant positions you’ve held, focusing on the most applicable responsibilities as they pertain to the potential job description.
Finally, offer up any additional skills, honors and awards. These are the highlights that aren’t necessarily related to your work history, but are notable for your character and work ethic.
Getting Asked Out
Intrigue the company enough with your resume so that they can’t resist giving you that call to ask you out on that first date. Then all you have to worry about is….what are you going to wear???