Last week, I promised to write more about how an awesome resume benefits its owner in many ways. Job seekers can get so frustrated by how we often have to apply for jobs – via clunky job boards and corporate websites – that it's easy to forget the many benefits of an outstanding resume. Not to mention the fact that searching for work can, in general, be a frustrating experience for many people. Clients are always telling me that they want their ideas and talents to matter, and that they struggle to make that connection in a resume. This predicament prompts many people to question the value of a resume. We get into this topic a lot around here for good reason. It looks like it's time to reignite readers' job search enthusiasm by reminding you of the power of a resume.
Back to my recent post...
A few people e-mailed me requesting a deeper look at what I had written in this post:
I can tell you that an incredible resume is about the best thing you can have going for you when a hiring manager is making a final decision on which candidate to select.
I can't express strongly enough the impact that a crisp, achievement-focused resume can have when a hiring manager (or panel) is making a final hiring decision. When you're diligently applying for jobs, it's easy to forget that the resume you are about to submit will, ideally, be among 5+/- others in the moment of truth; that moment when a final decision has to be made.
Oftentimes it's a close call, which is why the ultimate hiring decision is often an arduous task. Companies are compelled to make the right choice, so making a selection can be even more challenging. One candidate offers a sought after skill, another offers prized experience.
How is a decision made?
Well, an outstanding resume is often a tie-breaker. It shows the hiring manager that you know yourself, and that you produce top-notch work. Imagine the opposite impression – the impression that's left with a "flat" resume – and it's easy to understand the significant difference that the right resume can make in this scenario.
Need more inspiration?
The following list is a re-post of 10 of the reasons why an outstanding resume matters:
- Like it or not, your resume is your personal marketing tool. Why would you want it to be anything less than great?
- Networking is important, but that doesn't dilute the fact that a strong resume plays a critical role in a multi-faceted process. How are your interviewing skills? How do you present yourself? Pay attention to the full package.
- Hiring managers and HR often view your resume as your first deliverable. Don't treat it like it doesn't matter.
- Your resume – and any other associated correspondence – will largely frame the context of your future communication with a company. A good resume will often drive the content of your interviews. Maximize that.
- Resume screening software is a reality. Follow conventions that appeal to it.
- The resume is often a tie-breaker when hiring managers and HR start narrowing down the field of candidates (see #3).
- A good resume is like steroids for your confidence, which lends trajectory to all of the other dimensions of the job search process (and your life!).
- Strong resumes do their job by cleverly enticing the reader to want to learn more. What better way for them to learn more than via an interview.
- A well done resume encourages you to look at yourself and your employment history in terms of accomplishments and success, rather than as only a series of tasks and job descriptions.
- It's often your first impression. Enough said.
When you're feeling frustrated or wondering about the value of a powerful resume, read the above list.