We often think it’s the accomplishments, hands-on experience and hard-skills that ultimately win over hiring managers. And yes, those attributes weigh heavily in the decision making process. After all, they establish your professional foundation and ability to do the job.
But how about those other personal aspects that have proven an asset in your career?
Job title inflation is rampant, and that’s not to say it’s wrong – I always encourage candidates to use verbiage that both accurately describes their role and contributions, but that also best speaks to the interests of the position.
One thing they’re doing wrong is slapping a job title on the resume that says nothing about what they did, and/or conveys a completely different level of expertise than that which they’re targeting.
Every week I read another article that describes some innovative new “replacement” for the resume; a game-changing tool that will finally bring the hiring world into the 21st century.
In my time-tested opinion, opting to forgo the traditional PDF/paper resume in favor of video, graphic and gimmick resumes is a mistake…
I had to update my own resume recently. It seemed like a joke, because as someone who does this full time on a professional level, you would think this would be a cinch. Not so.
Here’s the thing: it’s extremely difficult, if not impossible, to write objectively about yourself.
We’re conditioned to hold biases and opinions around ourselves, to judge, to formulate expectations – that’s just human nature…