Shark Tank Proofing Your Resume
Your resume called (and said it’s embarrassed to be seen in public)!
Hey wipe that puzzled look off your face, and have a gander at that story about your career – for shame! Almost certainly, you’re better than that…
Ever see the popular venture capital reality series “Shark Tank”? Well your resume is your career business case, and like entrepreneurs pitching VCs on the show, you’re asking prospective employers to invest in you. So picture yourself walking out and pitching the Sharks based on your current resume. Would a lack of hard data, or too much superfluous information get you eaten alive?
Would one or more of the following mistakes cost you?
- Phone Book version; don’t “boil the ocean” with a career tome – instead craft a purpose-built version around a specific opportunity.
- Drive-through version; employers are not interested in teasing out resume items that square with their mission – do research on the targeted employer, then offer the busy reader quantifiable examples as a “call to action”.
- Peekaboo version; don’t skimp on quantifiable data – contrary to job search mythology, employers don’t want you to “save it for the interview” (although folks often mistakenly fall prey to that assumption).
- Menu version; we’ve all been frustrated by a long, complicated menu when you want just the meat, hold the fluff – don’t allow your resume to become a research project for the prospective employer.
- Belaboring hackneyed phrases; cut out the fat! Avoid (sadly ubiquitous), unquantifiable phrases like “self-starter” – leverage lean muscle in the form of quantifiable achievements to do the heavy lifting instead.
Your resume is like a chess board, and every move is significant. Allocate time to conduct a dispassionate review of your employment history, skillsets, domain expertise and educational credentials before writing your career business case. Produce a resume so compelling that potential employers experience you as a solid investment opportunity even while they’re still reading it.