An article in April 8th's issue of the New York Post, "Digital resume," showcased yet another innovative approach to hiring. Tech related companies are asking job seekers to submit not a paper resume, but links to their many online activities on Twitter, Tumblr, Flicker and LinkedIn. The ultimate reason? In the words of Seth Bannon, CEO of Amicus, "It gives you a better sense of who they are as a person."
This digital approach may never impact the majority of job seekers, but the key message here is that employers want you to provide them with insight into you as a person!
Now, I've always maintained that the resume and cover letter should reveal a person's personality, passion and purpose. Employers are not simply hiring skills. No, they are also hiring abiding interest that leads to a desire to expend energy. And, they know it's also important to hire someone who fits in with the existing team. Because I know this, I have injected a fair amount of personality into my clients' self-marketing documents.
Here are a few phrases that demonstrate how to add some flair. Note that each one "fits" a particular client's character and communication style.
"My colleagues have remarked that I am easy to get along with, which is great because as a coordinator I interact with seven divisions pretty much daily. I know they mean what they say as I see people smiling as they see me coming!"
"I am known for meticulous attention to detail, a trait that isn't always appreciated by those who are requested to address a lack of detail; however, this skill, applied with purpose and supported with growing credentials, led to my quick career progression to the executive level."
"A bundle of energy, I am also a self-described 'Queen of Communication'! All about clear, honest, and straightforward messaging, this talent has been the key element, I believe, in my consistently reaching top sales numbers, leaving each month's set quota behind in my wake!"
Don't be afraid to be yourself! Own your style, talents, skills and accomplishments. State them in a unique-to-you language and see what happens ... give the employer what he or she wants: the ability to see who you are as a person.