When interviewing for a job and creating our resumes, it’s easy to think that we need to offer EVERY detail about ourselves. We’ve been told to sell and promote ourselves and let our potential employers know why we are the best candidates for the position. While this is true, too much information can have a negative effect.
Think about your day-to-day life and relationships. Do you like being around someone that tells you everything about themselves? No. It seems like they’re always trying to one-up the conversation. The truth is that people who feel the need to do this are often insecure about themselves and need to hear their accomplishments and characteristics out loud to be complimented and recognized by others.
The same goes for your resume, cover letter and interview. It’s great to highlight things you’ve achieved, past job positions you’ve had and even some of the volunteer work you’ve participated in, but be conservative about what you choose to put on that piece of paper.
As Grandma always said, “leave something to the imagination” – though Grandma probably wasn’t talking about my resume, she had a point. Make the potential employer interested enough to meet you and give them a reason to ask more questions about you.