Fingerprint locks are used by tons of people on a daily basis, whether on computers or phones. People use them more often than the number or word locks because of convenience. They even have fingerprint locks for doors, and eventually I can see new locks like these being used more often than the everyday lock and key. The world changes a lot around us, and with that there are new ideas and new ways of life.
Your job search should be like the world, always changing, always improving.
Every year thousands of people get great new jobs with massive pay raises because they have learned something new and exciting. I know average programmers who are earning $120,000 per year. They learned the latest technology and tools and have been riding the gravy train for 3 or 4 years. Accountants that can implement brand new systems are still worth their weight in gold.
Adding a fingerprint lock helps sell thousands of new electronics to geeks like me. New technology, techniques, and skills can sell CEO’s and managers on your value.
What can you learn today?
Something to do today
The greatest lunch topic you can talk about with your boss is, “What is the emerging world changing technology, technique or skill in our field?” Try it today.
What makes a resume boring is that you write it like a job description instead of an advertisement. Boring resumes hide the most important information. They are written the way HR forces managers to write job descriptions. Let me show you what I mean.
Like HR or Like a star
There is a hiring manager in with a problem. That’s why he spent hours writing a job description. He could have sent a 3 sentence description, but HR wouldn’t let him. HR said, “We need to really define what is needed here. Can you be more thorough?” To be honest, HR really needed to know more to do their job.
So instead of a 3 sentences telling what would describe the job to an expert, you see a laundry list of 40 things that would be nice to have. There are entries like: “Does not drool while typing”, or, “Shows up for work.”
You can’t afford to put the same boring and useless descriptions on your resume. You ARE an expert. Don’t let your resume say, “I showed up for work.” That is HR language. That is not what you accomplished. It is what anyone would do.
Your resume as a Star
A star is a point of light in a vast sky of bleakness. Our eyes are attracted to stars, not to the inky places in between. You only need to shine like a star to attract attention. You don’t need to shine like the sun.
So, make a list of things that are better only because YOU did them. What did you do better than anyone else? What did you do to get official recognition? Did you win a contest at work? How did you make things go faster? How did you save money or make more money for your company. You don’t have to shine like the sun, only twinkle like a star. If your resume is short but has irresistible sparkle, you will get an interview.
The way to shine is to talk about a specific thing that got done better because you were there. If you talk about five things that only got done well because of you, you will shine like a constellation. Hiring managers will pay attention to your resume and give you a call back.