Some people think that their job search is all about them. Not true if you think a hiring organization wants to hear your life’s story. Sounds kind of counter-intuitive, but think about it. Is the hiring organization going to be interested in your summer jobs as a life guard at the Jersey Shore? The answer is “No”, not unless the job you seek is a position for a Supervisor of Life Guards at the Outer Banks of North Carolina.
Your job search is not all about you; it’s about communicating why you should be the candidate of choice to fit the open position of the hiring organization. A hiring organization is interested in the parts of your background that relate directly to the position to be filled.
Your resume is a word-picture designed to match requirements of the open position that will help the hiring organization achieve the results they need. When you are interviewing, the interviewer is the interpreter of your experiences, seeking to match your experiences to what is needed in the open position. If it doesn’t fit, neither will you.
Hiring organizations are looking for talented people to fill a specific role, to achieve defined results, with people that can easily fit into the culture of the organization. So, your job search strategy isn’t all about you, it’s all about the hiring organization.
You need to provide a word-picture about your experiences and background in a way that is compatible with their needs, not yours. There are a couple of questions to ask yourself as you prepare your job search strategy. Each question focuses on a different element for you to consider:
- How do you align your resume to parallel the open position description?
- What are the results from your past that match the needs of the hiring organization?
- How can you uniquely differentiate yourself from all other candidates?
- How can you articulate your competence in a compelling way?
Unless you can answer these questions you won’t become a finalist candidate. It’s not all about you; it’s all about the needs of the hiring organization and your ability to make the case.
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