Creating A Resume With 3 Little-Known Secrets In Mind

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creating a resumeToday I want to talk about a couple little-known secrets about creating a resume and how they can be leveraged in your job hunt.  You see, most candidates think of a resume as an end in itself, but the truth is that it is one small piece of a bigger process and must be in line with purpose that it serves.

Here are 3 ideas I want you to chew on when laying out the outline and getting around to creating a resume.

1.  A Resume is A Part of a Process

It’s tempting to think that creating a resume is a goal in itself and that the right resume will lend you a job, but that is wishful thinking.  I remember having this mindset when I was first getting started with my job hunt.

I’d turn in my resume, which looking back was not half bad, and then I’d show up at the interview and sit down with this mentality like I was there to discuss the resume rather than myself.  Any additional information I could put out there as a response to questions “about the resume” just made me feel like I was clever, but I was missing the point.

We were there to talk about ME, not the paper.  Creating a resume has about as much of a chance of getting your hired as getting someone’s phone number has to get you laid.  It’s a foot in the door—nothing more.

2. Employers and Candidates Usually View Resumes with Different Purposes

To go even further, you are looking at the resume as a qualifier, but the hiring manager sees it as a disqualifier.  In other words, they use resumes to screen you and filter out candidates that are a definite no-go; it is not a chance to introduce yourself and get an unbiased audience.  They will purpose hunt down reasons to get rid of you, and that means that the slightest mistake can carry your document to the trash can.

3.  A Resume Does Not Always Speak For Itself

Some employees are relieved to just turn in a resume and leave the ball in the employer’s court so they can wait to see what happens.  They cruise around, dropping off a small stack of them, and then sit back and wait, figuring it is a numbers game.

But getting hired takes a little more interaction than that and creating a resume is always more effective if you have a voice or face-to-face contact with the person doing the hiring.  Managers don’t want to hire a piece of paper—they want to hire a dynamic person.  Set the stage for the resume before delivering it, and it will be much more likely to be welcomed with open arms.

Modern-day college students have a lot of misconceptions when it comes to creating a resume, and these can make or break your efforts to get the best jobs. In essence, a resume can quickly become a liability instead of an asset.  Do you have any insights on the resume process that you think might not be common knowledge?  Share them in a comment.

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