Not a week goes by without this conversation with one of my executive clients: “I can win the job if I can only get to the interview to tell my story.”
However, if you REALLY want to land interviews, you’ll need to turn this idea upside down!
Get that value proposition that you carry about in your head, plus your vision of that perfect interview, onto your resume and LinkedIn Profile INSTEAD.
If you save it for the interview, that means you’re holding back on the information you put in front of employers, and it might not be strong enough for them to call you.
While you may have been led to believe this is a good idea, you’re actually better off presenting your value proposition as fast as you can so that no one misses it.
Here’s what I found as a recruiter:
Clients who saved important data for the interview rarely made it that far. In addition, we wasted a lot of time interviewing the wrong people for the job – when we could have used information on soft skills and leadership style to make a better, more strategic decisions.
I’ve always told my clients the same thing – what I’m really intent on capturing is that interview story that you’re saving up, because it will make or break the reception you gain from your resume.
So, remember to take a step back, analyze what you want the employer to really know about you, and get THAT story on your resume (instead of the dry, responsibility-focused one you have now).