I get a lot of people asking me for help in their job search and oh by the way here’s my resume.
The problem is, I don’t like to read resumes. I think they are long and too detailed for my mind. My mind shuts down, so I can’t get the message and know how to help you.
If you were to NOT send me your resume, but help me know how I could help you, that would be better. Much better.
I recently wrote an email to a buddy who sent me his resume. I know a bit about him, professionally, but I still thought this advice would be helpful. If you’ve sent your resume to friends/family for them to “check out,” please take this to heart:
Can you identify 3 – 4 ideal companies/roles? If you can, in short paragraphs, paint that picture for me, with those 3 or 4 ideal companies, I can get a much better idea of how to help you, who to introduce you to, etc.
Instead of saying: “here, read this long, detailed document with jargon and buzzwords,” you could say “I would work best in a company like ______ doing ___________. The title might be ___ or ____. My typical day might consist of _____ or _____ or ______.”
Do that a few times, help me understand you better, and then let me digest that.
What do you think?