Posted by Brian McCullough
As resume writing professionals, we hear everyone’s tale. It’s the nature of what we do. Everyone is unique and everyone is different and everyone has a reason why they need a new job now!
We are like doctors in that way. Everyone is a good person who deserves to be saved. We want to save everyone. And like good doctors, we do our best to help all our clients. We listen, and we do our best to help. That’s what makes our job rewarding.
So share your personal sob story of job search woe with us.
But keep it out of your job search and interview process.
Telling an interviewer about why you really, really need the job is job-search-death. We all think our personal cases and our personal stories are so much more important and valid than anyone else’s.
But especially in times like these, trust me, they’re not.
Don’t… in a resume… in an interview… in a discussion with your employer… burden them with the tale of your job search woe. Your story is not unique. You are not any better or worse off than all the other people applying for the position. You are not, for that matter, any better or worse off than any of the other job seekers in this job market.
Don’t go into…
- How you need the job because of your credit card debt.
- How you were wrongly terminated from your last job.
- How your last boss was a tyrant.
- How many interviews you’ve been on and how hard it has been to find a job.
- How the bad economy has brought you here. Don’t you think that’s true for everyone?
- All the reasons why this is below you; how, given other circumstances, you wouldn’t be in this position.
- How your wife/mother/son has a disease and you need the money to pay the bills.
It’s not that your potential employer is inhuman… it’s just that every human being on the planet has very real, very valid and very humane reasons for needing employment and a solid income.
To assume you’re above and beyond this fact is silly, and it puts an emotional burden on the person you’re trying to convince to hire you.
Trust me, they’ve probably heard similar stories all day.
So, don’t give them a sob story on your job search. It just makes you part of the crowd, number one. And you want to stand out. Positivity and can-do attitudes stand out. Not Debbie Downers.
But also, number two, and most importantly… remember, you want to be offering to solve their problems… you don’t want to beg them to solve yours!
That’s the quickest way to get hired!
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