Sunday, April 2, 2017
Perception: Gaming the Odds
Here's a job search challenge you'll face one day, if you haven't faced it already.
Imagine that you're preconceived as being somewhat dated. Why? Let's say your last experience in the field that you hope to re-enter was fifteen years ago. And let's also say you've had several jobs since then.
With a chronological resume, your job skills might not even be seen.
40 years of reading resumes has taught me that most of them get less than a minute of review. The creative ones, the ones that yell out "Hey, look at me." are the ones who get more notice.
You may try to better the odds, starting with your strong suit (way back when)--then flashing forward, as it were, to your present job and working back. But the jumpy timeline's as likely to leave employers dizzy as it is to work.
What to do?
And Double-Whoa what do you do if the company you're approaching has its own app form, requiring a chronological approach?
The MacRath Solution:
I decided to honor the company's requirements--while at the same time designing and ordering a simple but catchy attachment. And that attachment, I believe, will get me an interview: a 4x5 card on premium stock, giving the names of two bookstores I worked at for ten years. I provide my contact info and state 'Any hours/days, including holidays'. (That's a big issue in retail.)
Finally, on the back of the card, I added a little something extra that should further whet their appetites...and inspire them to see me as the brightest light.
Stay tuned for the results. I'll receive the attachment cards by 4/7 and hope to complete the application next weekend.
Come on, Lady Luck, goose Reb MacRath!