Bi-Polar Resumes: How a good resume can destroy your chances of getting the ideal job.

Resumes serve as your ‘marketing document’.   Within that one page, you have to differentiate yourself from the other 10,000 folks looking for the same job.   And there are a lot of ‘resume rules’ and templates that make your resume ‘fit in’.  Now if you don’t understand how your resume can be different enough (to differentiate you) but ‘similar enough’ to make the resume look ‘standard’ then you see the paradox.  More specifically, most recruiters will scan the ‘first 1/3’ of the resume.  They will not read it deeply and in detail.  They simply want to go through their pile of resumes and select ones that are a ‘good enough fit’.  If your resume is hard to read, or looks ‘non-standard’ then chances are, the recruiter will not spend the time to understand what you have written, instead they will simply throw it out.   They will not spend any time with ‘different’ resumes because they have many, many, many resumes that they could go through.

Having said that, there is hope, but that is for another post.

The dreaded salary requirements question.

It’s probably one of the most challenging questions a candidate will get asked. “What are you salary requirements?”
The mind goes into overdrive, as you try and morph yourself into the candidate equivalent of a seasoned professional poker player.

You start to think, “If I pitch low – I’ll be more likely to get the offer. But if it’s too low then they may think I’m not up to the job. I may also be giving up some salary they were prepared to pay me. If I ask for a high number I may get it and that’d be neat, but I may price myself out of consideration”

Career journal suggests a few options to consider, and Louise at Career Hub, provides two great examples of how people can miss the original reason for changing jobs when “Money” gets introduced.

Here were some recent stats on why people move on

So what to do?

  • First, you need to know what’s your absolute minimum requirement, what you would like, and the maximum your likely to get (make sure it’s realistic).
  • Second find out what the likely salary range is for the position ahead of time.
  • Third, remind yourself what motivated you to start looking elsewhere in the first place.

And remember don’t bring up salary during the first interview, and when an offer is made it may not hurt to ask for more.