Score a job interview. Score a date. Six of one. Half dozen of the other.
On any given day after work in gathering places all over Seattle (http://www.seattlepi.com/lifestyle/article/Seattle-the-top-hook-up-city-1186495.php#page-2) optimistic people are hoping to connect with others.
Imagine this scenario: you are a guy and can remember what it is like to be in dating mode. You’ve explored various opportunities and are interested in several women at once. Because you realize each woman is a unique individual, you know the generic, one-size-fits-all approach of Bar-Bud-Lite-and-Bowling won’t cut it.
Rather, you spend time getting to know each woman, finding out what is important to her – then you adapted your approach date by date.
One liked sushi, another Mexican, another seafood. One liked roller derby, another the symphony, another wanted to give sky diving a shot.
So, because you were a guy on a mission and wanted to impress, you did what you needed to do to customize your approach according to the unique interests of each woman.
Let’s assume you explored a number of opportunities, settled on one, things worked out and we can now transition from women to work.
Can you see the parallel between dating and job search? Have you forgotten that customizing your approach according to the unique interests of each woman was an effective dating strategy?
Why then would you now get lazy and use a generic one-size-fits-all reverse-chronological résumé and template cover letter to apply for a variety of different specific, unique opportunities?
Remember the first line: “Score a job interview. Score a date. Six of one. Half dozen of the other.”
If you will create a flexible functional résumé based on your most significant representative professional accomplishments and the skills you used to achieve them, you can then easily customize your approach to applying for each job opportunity, and present yourself as an “ideal” candidate.
You’ve learned to do this. Apply what you’ve learned.
~~~ Please know it matters that you get back to work.
To win the interview, your cover letter and résumé must be targeted to each job you apply for. That’s how you make yourself stand out, the way a meatball stands out on a plate of spaghetti.
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