Resume Fact-Finding: How to Put Pertinent Information on the Resume
One thing that we tell our clients is that the resume has two main purposes. Firstly, it’s to help you secure the employer’s interest so that they want to interview you. Secondly, it’s to determine if the company and position are the right fit for you. The challenge we see many job seekers struggle with is a situation where they have a mediocre resume. Even if the resume helps them secure an interview opportunity, the interview becomes more of a fact-finding session for the employer.
Because of the lack of pertinent information on the resume, precious time is taken from the job interview for the employer to fact-find, when both parties could be having a more valuable conversation where they can engage and assess how fitting each other are for one another. Unfortunately, what happens in some instances is that the process proceeds to a job offer that is ultimately accepted. Months, and in some cases, weeks into the job, one party or both parties realize things just aren’t working. Then, everyone’s back to the first step in the job search process again.
To avoid such a scenario from happening to you, here are things you can make sure to do on the resume and at the job interview:
- Define your specialty. Not all job postings are created equal. Some may be brief, while others may clearly lay out the details. As a job seeker, know the type of work you want to do and the areas within the profession that you’re good at and desire focusing on. That is the information you want to have projected on the resume. For example, you can be a PR professional with over 10 years of experience, but what is your specialty? Is it crisis management, media relations, investor relations, event planning, or another specialty? By clearing this up, the employer will have a better sense of how and if your experience and skills are applicable to the job. It informs employers what you will bring to the table.
- How good are you at your job? Every job has a goal. What was your challenge, and how well did you perform against it? The way you lay this information out on the resume should be supported by qualified and/or quantified results. For more tips, read: “Using Numbers in Your Resume.” This type of insight offers employers a better understanding of your experience and your level of success on the job. That’s a key point for employers reviewing the resume, because every applicant may come across with a similar professional background, but how successful are you on the job? What were you able to achieve that stands out?
- Ask the questions that matter to you. Remember that the job interview is a two-way street. The employer will carefully assess if you’re the one for the job, but you should also be working to assess if the job, company, and its people are right for you. Don’t assume the job posting tells all and that everything will work itself out. There are countless accounts of job seekers who don’t find out until when they’re on the job about matters that would have swayed them to decline the job offer. Either the job turns out to be not at the level they were looking for, the job requires skills they either don’t have or that they’re insufficient at, or that the management style of their supervisor is unfitting for their personality. Unfortunately, these could have been details ironed out during the job interview to make that assessment. For tips on important questions to ask, read: “The 4 Most Important Questions to Ask at an Interview.”
- Assess the culture and people. How much one likes their job is in large part also due to the company culture and the people they work with. As a job seeker, properly research the company and its people. Is it a situation you can see yourself working comfortably and happily in? Unfortunately, for some job seekers who don’t assess such factors during their research and at the job interview, a bad decision can be easily made. Read: “Interviewing Tips to Avoid a Bad Decision.”
Start off on the right foot in the job search process with an effectively written resume that addresses the employer’s most important questions in assessing the job applicant. And, with some proper research and planning for the job interview, there is less likely the chance of the unwanted and unexpected surprise when on the job. All parties will have a better chance of making the right decision.
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