When writing a personal presentation you have to somehow create value around the total lifelong learning and experiences you have collected. This is particularly true when writing résumés and personal letters when looking for work. So how do you compress your personality, your training and your past experience onto two pages, and how do you get the person on the other side to actually read it?
Well, if I knew that I would not currently be in the very position of having to do that, but having done extensive research on the matter I have made a few observations that I now try to follow…
- It is all about the future
- Telling all about your past experience and results will not make anyone impressed. The person reading wants to know what you will bring to them and feel that you have passion and a game plan to make that happen.
- Think like a spy
- Everything you put into your application pack has to be based on the basis of “need to know”. Focus on what the prospective employer needs and build your application around that.
- Do your research
- Don’t just see who you know on Linked In that could help. Learn all about the company. Find out what kind of person will fit in the group, and if that is you, describe yourself as such. For example, if the company lists social responsibility as one of their core values you should mention any experience of voluntary work.
If, like me, you don’t like picking up the phone to a prospective employer, try to think what you as a person can do in a wider strategy to get noticed. A few of the options open to try are blog, a video or a digital CV to link to; any medium that will show your personality is good. Remember to portray your true self as that is what they will expect when you get employed. No matter how good you are at adapting you still have to show your true colours…
The biggest obstacle, for me at least, is to hold on to the value of that internal estate when I get turned down, or not selected for an interview. When this happens I have to remind myself that what I carry inside as skills and experience is is valuable, and not let anyone call it bric a brac.
In summary, you have to make the employer see from your application what the future would be like with you as an employee. If anyone has more or better suggestions about getting the attention of recruiters please feel free to share in the comments below J.
Like with most things practice will make perfect so a favourable breeze in cosmos will most likely blow in my direction pretty soon…