The resume re-jig story
The first time we read the resume, we were impressed. It didn’t tell us just about the person’s skills. It created the picture of a gentleman who loves reading books, has a lovely family, and is warm and friendly.
This resume stood out from the pile we had received and this was the first person we called for an interview.
Did we make him an offer and did he join our team? We’ll tell you that just a bit later. The point we are making is this: his resume was so different and impactful, that it felt like a mini-conversation with the person. If a resume can create this sort of first impression, doesn’t it say something about the person?
Many of us reduce our resumes to just a list of skills sets and achievements. Yes, it’s important to talk about them. But how about bringing in a context or an example that tells a story and interests the reader?
Jennifer Hay talks of the advantages of storytelling in career contexts in her blog. “Telling stories in a way that draws attention to your career achievements is a natural fit. Engaging stories about how you solved problems, created opportunities, and nurtured productive teams make the difference between moving forward and staying behind,” she says.
A good story in a ‘bio’ helps get people to “believe in you”, says Michael Margolis of Get Storied. He lists the route to take to re-jig your bio and create a new one that’s more about you and not just a set of keywords.
Which brings us to the reason we got so impressed with that resume we spoke of earlier. It had a human touch. It told us why and how this person could fit in to our team in a very engaging way.
We made him an offer, he accepted it, and did a great job of a star project. A happy ending to the resume story; we hope yours has such an ending too.