Put Language to Your Talents

I ask each client I work with to share talents, strengths, characteristics. This information is then used in the self-marketing documents - resume, cover letter, and other job search documents - to ensure that it reflects them accurately and realistically.

Some people know themselves well, but many stick to the average - organized, good at prioritizing, get along well with peers - which is less than optimal from my perspective.

Recently I've been rereading, as some books deserve several reads, Tom Rath's "Strengths-Finder 2.0," a book that belongs in each family's career library. Listing 34 themes, it puts language - specific, strong, vivid - to talent themes. Activator, Communication, Futuristic, Harmony, Includer, Strategic and Woo are a few of these. Along with descriptions, the book offers ideas for action, which include how to choose jobs.

From my perspective, as a resume writer who wants nothing more than for each client to not only land interviews, but also find a job that fits exceptionally well, I'd rather not simply state that you provide "excellent customer service." So much lovelier to read that, as a flight attendant, you have a quick and ready smile, you brush up on conversation topics, you sought out coaching in humour, and you infused your conversation with contagious energy and enthusiasm. Then, you learned better beverage serving techniques from an etiquette specialist, and you also advanced your ability to pick up on social cues, so that you didn't bug the person who preferred to be ignored and gave lots of attention to the person who needed it! Now that's service!

I'd love to infuse your resume with energy! Whenever you're ready to kick your resume up a few notches, I'm at your service. Working to your career success, Stephanie