Denver Résumé Writer in Denver Colorado
 
Just went through an hour of interviewing suggestions with an impressive young lady. Linda, I'll call her. A seriously qualified administrator. 

Linda is a single mother who felt she had stalled in her career. So, she took the plunge and decided to go back to school. Just now she is finishing her full degree and looking to reach out for that next level in her career. Understandably she was a little shy on the confidence scale.

Well, after we developed her résumé, pulled all her abilities, achievements, skills, strengths and qualifications together.... aka, her value, she began to see all the merit she had and how able she was and what she had to offer a company.  Her eyes gleamed. Confidence overcame her.

I asked her what she intended to do with her new résumé.

After some silence, her answer was less than positive.

She wasn't lacking confidence with her résumé. She knew it would bring her interviews. But her concern was with how well she would do in an interview. She had no idea how to approach it. Lingering questions: what to say, how prepare, how to approach certain situations. Nervousness, attitude, how to make a good impression, compensation, benefits and even how to close the deal were issues. The nerves were her biggest concern. 

So, we sat down and went over ten suggestions. After several cups of coffee, a little role playing, definite dos and a few don'ts, Linda is looking forward to the interviews. We erased so many of the little things that add up to fear of the interview. It’s not to say she won’t be nervous. Everyone is to some degree. It’s how you handle the nervous afflictions that make you think vomiting is not out of the question. Just kidding.

In summary. Remember if you are comfortable with your résumé. Be comfortable with your interviewing skills. You have to pass both tests to receive an offer.

Tip. Review your interviewing skills with someone you trust. It's hard to see yourself  and especially under stress.  And interviewing for a job is stress. Think you can nail it? Probably so. But if you find yourself saying, “I blew it,” on your way out of the interview or you’re missing out on offers after interviews, take another look at yourself, how you might come across in the stressful setting of being grilled by a prospective employer.

BTW... remember YOU are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you.

Happy hunting,

Chet

 
 
I recently had a conversation with a favorite client of mine on updating a résumé we had written 3 years ago. He had an impeccable sales record and had been a loyal employee for twenty some years. Suddenly he finds himself out of work. 

Well, the résumé update dialogue was easy. However, during our discussion, it became clear he was bitter about how he had been treated at a particular past company, which resulted in only a 6 month stay. So his original question: "Should I leave that company short stay off the résumé?"

During our discussion on the résumé update, he would abruptly interject how he had been misled by this sales manager and eventually let go even though he had been a good producer. As it turns out, the entire sales force had been terminated because the newly created department in the company was unprepared for the launch and it had failed through no fault of my client. But he still couldn't get over the fact that he was lied to and let go. His ego was damaged. He was convinced, as a result of his strained relationship with that sales manager, he would probably get a bad review and, and, and on and on and on about how it was unfair and, and, and....

First of all, leave that 6 month job ON the résumé. It was a highly regarded company and even though it was a short stay, the experience was good and enhanced his experience. As opposed to 6 month gap, that would have been worse since he had had another gap earlier on in his career.

Next, and probably more important, he had to realize he needed to let the venom go of his dismissal. How he was holding the feelings of the way he was terminated was oozing from his pores. All his impressive accomplishments were being over shadowed by his bitterness.

After all there was a valid reason why he was let go. In this case, the ENTIRE department was terminated, a blood bath. Everyone knows these stories of wholesale dismissals and recognize how good people get caught up in the bathwater. Interviewers do also.

DO NOT get into the weeds as to how unfairly you have been treated; move on. The more effort to "right-the-wrong" on a résumé or in an interview only instigates more interview questioning on a dark blemish to an otherwise brilliant career.

If questioned about a blemish on your résumé, be prepared with a “SHORT” fluent, without hesitation, stumbling or hem-haws, answer. Put an emphatic period at the end of the answer. Then follow it up, while you still have the floor, with a positive forward looking statement as to how you will be a positive and effective producer for your next company.

Let the venom go!

Happy hunting, Chet