Henry’s story of his first years of employment includes realizing in his senior year that his major wasn’t right for him. Again, I wish he was standing in front of you to tell his story. But even in print it inspires and is full of great advice.
What I hope you take away from this is that it’s okay not to know what you want. And it’s okay not to like the first (or five) things you try. Every experience offers something valuable and the best thing you can do is to speak to how it made you better.
Voice and body matching alone cannot create rapport. They go a long way in creating chemistry but if you mismatch your interviewer’s values and key phrases, voice and body matching is wasted.
Right now think about and visualize the people with whom you have chemistry. Do you respect their opinions? Now, think about others whom you interact with but there is no real chemistry. Do you respect their opinions? Is there something important to them that is not important to you?
Sometimes chemistry in an interview just happens, sometimes it doesn’t. We all know the difference. There’s a sense, or not, that we are on the same page with the other person. There’s an ease in the conversation and a trust that the conversation is going in the right direction.
When we most need confidence is during the times of transition and change. It’s the in-between times of uncertainty where we need the tools to tap into our confidence. In between college graduation and landing your first job is one of those times.
One of the best places to begin the practice of creating well-formed questions is at the start of building your resume. The information you cull from the questions gives you what you need to enrich your job descriptions with your unique story.
Being able to tell your story, a story that goes beyond the black and white presentation of your resume is what sets you apart from the other interviewees who claim similar skills and educational credentials.
Take advantage of a cover letter. It’s a sales opportunity that goes beyond the contents of your resume.
There are many benefits when a professional helps you develop a resume. At the very least, you will discover whoever you think you are, you are always more than that.
Going through the process of developing a thoughtful resume is very important because it is where you begin to bridge the gap between the two very different worlds of education and work.
Last month I wrote that there is “…the ultimate question every interviewer wants answered, but doesn’t outright ask.” What’s the question that every interviewer has in mind?
Why is it really important to know yourself and be able to feel secure in an interview speaking about who you are? What can you learn about yourself by developing your resume from the point of view of who you are rather than from the perspective of what you did?
A key to developing a great resume is to be sure you position your experience to job market expectations. A small difference that can make a big difference in an interview is to demonstrate in your resume, no matter the job, that you have the ability to recognize and contribute to the goals of an employer.
Does your resume give the interviewer insight into you? Or, is your resume a list of job descriptions? Providing job descriptions is important. But, it’s only some of the picture. What you brought to the job because of who you are completes the picture.