Honesty on Resumes

September 29, 2010 at 12:27 am Leave a comment

I read these words pasted below in an email by Steve Goodier Publisher@LifeSupportSystem.com (not sure if it is his own story or a story he is quoting) but I thought how appropriate it is to resume writing, job interviews and your entire job search process.

“I like the story of a young woman who wanted to go to college.
Her heart sank, however, when she read the question on the admission
form that asked, “Are you a leader?” Being both honest and
conscientious, she wrote, “No,” and returned the application,
expecting the worst.

To her surprise, she received this letter from the college: “Dear
applicant: A study of the admission forms reveals that this year our
school will enroll 1,452 new leaders. We would like to accept you
because we feel it is imperative that they have at least one

Many people think you need to answer ‘yes’ to everything and make sure all the boxes are ticked, however the recruiter/employer knows the full inside picture and is far more interested in an honest response.

What if on the basis of ticking all the boxes you get to interview stage, and then your true personality or skills are revealed?

Even worse, what if you got the job based on false information? Both you and the company would suffer and your credibility would be shot.

If, for example, leadership is a criteria but you possess excellent skills and experience in all other areas, then simply don’t mention leadership at all in your application. At interview stage this can be discussed and, for all you know, the employer may be more than happy to take you on board based on your other exceptional qualities and to provide leadership support or training for you.

Certainly the employer is far more likely to be happy with that scenario than to discover when it’s too late that you couldn’t lead a horse to its own nose bag.

Here’s to writing powerful resumes.


PS – should you need assistance in compiling your career documents visit www.d-scriptivewords.com

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