You can make your resume stand out easily, because most resumes are horrifying. They are bland and boring and they make vibrant, cool people sound dull and ordinary.
That’s because the standard resume format, full of jargon and boring business language, sucks the juice out of even the juiciest and most interesting people.
It’s easy to make your resume much more powerful than it is right now, but you have to take a tiny little risk to get the benefits of an amped-up resume with a human voice in it.
You have to be willing to step out of the standard routine! That is a hard thing for a lot of people to do. They fear nothing more than they fear being different, or stepping away from the crowd.
I feel sorry for them, because the people who can stand apart get a lot more of the things they want!
When you put a human voice in your resume, you won’t pitch your resume into Black Hole online application sites anymore.
You know what I’m talking about — those faceless, anonymous ATS recruiting portals that try to screen people in or out of a hiring pipeline using keyword-searching software.
That’s a ridiculous way to hire people! I was an HR VP and I didn’t need software to scan resumes for keywords.
Don’t say “Companies get flooded with applications.” That’s no defense.
If they do, that’s their own fault. It’s bad marketing. Would you be sympathetic to your marketing folks at work if the sales team said “We’re spending all our time talking to the wrong customers, people who call us but would never buy our products?”
Of course not! You would tell your marketing people to market to the right audience, not just the biggest audience they can find.
HR people are in sales and marketing now, whether they know it or not!
You can reach your own hiring manager, the person who will be your boss, directly at his or her desk. It’s not hard to do. Here’s how to find that person.
Here’s how to write a Pain Letter to attach to your Human-Voiced Resume when you send it to your hiring manager.
Now, let’s power up your resume!
Here are five ways to make your resume much more compelling, readable and relevant than it is right now.
3) Add Dragon-Slaying Stories
Dragon-Slaying Stories are quick stories that tell us how you came, saw and conquered on your past jobs. Don’t tell us about the boring, out-of-context tasks you performed at your past assignments. We can figure them out from your job titles!
Anybody in those past jobs would have performed the exact same tasks you did. Tell us what you left in your wake, instead! Here are two Dragon-Slaying Stories to illustrate:
- In my boss’ absence I solved a $140K billing snarl-up that would have cost our company its largest customer if we hadn’t gotten things straightened out fast.
- When our two biggest rivals merged, I launched a grassroots email marketing campaign that brought in $25K in new sales.
Dragon-Slaying Stories are quick, but they pack a lot punch. We only need to know why you had to act, what you did to solve your problem and why it was a good thing to do.
You don’t need many Dragon-Slaying Stories after each past job listed on your resume. Two or three are plenty!
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