My wife, Christina, and I have been blessed with three healthy boys and right now we are in the process of trying (and struggling) to potty train our youngest. Until he decides the ‘potty’ is a fun place to go one of my responsibilities as a dad is to change #2 diapers.
It’s not fun, it’s not glamorous, but it is a responsibility of being a dad One thing I can guarantee you is that when I get asked about what I think about fatherhood that is not one of my go to statements that defines what it means to me.
So let’s talk about résumés now.
In the vast majority of the ones I see (a good 90%),the writer talks about responsibility after responsibility (i.e. “I change #2 diapers”) instead of achievement after achievement (i.e. “I was father of the year three times”).
What that tells me is that the writer was (allegedly) good at doing what his/her manager said to do and little else.
In my opinion one of the most effective questions you can ask about EVERY (and I do mean EVERY) line on your résumé, LinkedIn profile, personal website, etc is, can five other people do this same exact thing?
If your answer is yes to a majority of what you have written you are in serious trouble and probably want to go back to the drawing board.
It’s important to remember that résumés are a nothing more than junk mail until the reader finds something attention grabbing (hopefully in a good way) and/or worthwhile to hold their attention and responsibilities just don’t cut it.
Here’s hoping that you don’t have much #2 in your résumé so you can be the #1 candidate for someone very soon!
Until next time – good hunting and good luck!