Less Can Really Be More in Your Job Search Tactics

Posted by | November 18, 2012 | Tips For Job Seekers

Everyone knows that having too much stuff can quickly become a bad habit. “Less is more” is a virtue that can be applied in all aspects of life, including your job search. Reducing your resume, elevator pitch and interview to the bare essentials can help you make your point more easily.

One Page or Two?

Declutter your resume by committing to making it one page. Doing so will force you to keep your most relevant experience and scrap the fluff. Recruiters spend seconds looking at your resume, so even if you have tons of other information it probably won’t even get noticed. Narrow your career goal, condense your opening summary, edit your work experience and select the most relevant skill set to highlight.

Tell Me About Yourself.

Have a clean elevator pitch ready to go. Conventional wisdom says your elevator pitch should be between 30-60 seconds but with today’s short attention spans if you can get it even shorter than that, it could be better. You need to abbreviate what you offer, how you add value and why someone needs to hire you in a brief pitch.

On And On and On…

There is nothing worse than rambling in an interview. If you have ever caught yourself rambling through an answer then you know once you start it can be hard to stop. Avoid talking in circles and giving too much information. An interview isn’t just about the right answer; it’s also about the delivery. Deliver in a clear, thoughtful and brief way and your interviewer will appreciate it.

~ Jennee Rasavong is a Freelance Writer and Blogger. Follow her on Twitter @JenneeJade.

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