My apologies in advance. I like Rush Limbaugh. He’s a great entertainer.
Can you imagine interviewing someone with Rush Limbaugh’s on-air attitude? It might go something like this:
Q. What are your most current skills?
A. I not only have skills, I have abilities, insight and a keen intellect that will be focused with laser-like intensity on your problems. You no longer need to think. You only need to hire me and stand back. I have come to save you with Talent on loan from God. (Translation: I will come to work.)
Q. What can you do for our company?
A. Do? With the blazing brainpower you are blessed to see before you, I will revolutionize your company. The darkest cranny and the most exposed pinnacle will be dazzlingly transformed and transmuted into veritable gold. I have come to solve every intractable problem that has heretofore escaped resolution. (Translation: I will think while working.)
Do you say as little with so many impressive words?
I have half my brain tied behind my back, just to make it fair. (Rush Limbaugh)
In an interview or on your resume do you embroider your answer with colors that confuse? Do you try to show your enthusiasm with concrete accomplishments, or do you camouflage with flowery verbiage?
I do interviews and read resumes every day. I prefer facts simply spoken. I enjoy examples plainly displayed. I delight in crisp clean thought.
Give an interviewer what he craves, and he will give you a job. Simplify, simplify, simplify. Tell what you actually have done and can do. You will stand out and be noticed. Your accomplishments will be remembered. You will be asked to accept a job..
Something To Do Today
Focus on what you do best and what makes you different. Take everything else out of your resume. Why tell a hiring manager that water is wet? Tell him what sets you apart.
Tomorrow: Newspapers sell
Later: Why lasers work (3 part)