At least 3 times (and if you are reading this, you know how wonderful I think you are and therefore, don’t have to prove it) I have suggested to clients that they remove the mention of “Mensa” from their resumes.  There is no need to rub it in that you are more intelligent than your future boss and it could reduce your chances of being hired.  There are incredible amounts of times that I have really argued that clients remove from their summaries “20 years of experience in blah, blah, blah…” Or even 25 years of experience in…   Mention of great numbers of years only proves that you might be lots older than your future boss.  I also suggest that unless you are looking for a job in consulting or are right out of school, you leave off your GRE or GMAT scores. 

Why?  What is important in a resume is not the gifts that God has given you but how you have used them and these are demonstrated in your accomplishments.  You don’t want your future boss to think she is brighter than I am, older than I am, more experienced than I am.  You want FB to dream about what a great job you are going to do and how successful you are going to make FB’s team.  You do this by the accomplishments that you list in your resume in bullet point form.  They have an action verb, are frequently quantified and demonstrate that what you did was good for your employer or customer/client.  For example:

  • Reduced customer service complaints 25%. 
  • Attained 110% of quota in 2008 despite a difficult economy. 
  • Grew Profit... 
  • Grew Revenue... 


So You Didn't Get the Job

Two clients recently complained that they got rejected for jobs that they interviewed for.  Your not getting the job, does not mean you were rejected.  It simply means that you did not get the job.  When you put the emphasis on your being rejected, you give yourself a double whammy of negativity. 

You might have even been perfect for the job.  I remember helping Wally find the perfect person for his department.  He wanted someone with an automotive background and an MBA from a good school.  The first excellent 10 candidates weren’t good enough.  I threw in a ringer in frustration and that is the one Wally wanted.  What Wally really wanted was someone who could never be promoted over his head and someone who could make Wally look good by comparison. 

Mike Royko’s book, BOSS, if I remember correctly had a line in it, “We don’t want nobody that nobody sent.”  So take a hint and network to increase your chances of getting selected. 

One recent client got a job offer several months after he had interviewed and someone else received the offer.  Another similar job came open in the company and he was offered that job without the job being posted and without having to interview for it.  So in the words of Yogi Berra “It ain't over till it's over.”

Much success in your search and let me know if I can help you.

Changes In My Website and Life

For those who have been to my website or blog before you might notice the difference and that is due to the artistry of my daughter-in-law, Leslie Mac of the Ferguson Response Network.  My website got hacked about three weeks ago.  Leslie designed my new website, chose a new look and put this one up quickly under very tight time constraints.  Changes will be made as we go along but she really got the feel of what I wanted.  I also want to thank my son Drew for what he did technically and that I can’t even describe.

Although a hacked website is not nearly as difficult as losing a job (and I have been laid off three time), there are some similarities.  There is the shock, the need for action and change, need for help from others, the need for a vision for the future and the perspective shift that the new thing might be even better.  Please contact me if I can help you with your job search, not just with the tools but also the confidence to overcome the past and move ahead.