Q: What’s the secret to writing a compelling resume and a great interview performance?
A: Knowing what makes us tick, and separates us from the pack.
A resume which showcases the things that make you thrive, and how you’ve delivered value to an employer, along with interview responses that bring your proudest achievements to life, will distinguish you from other candidates every time.
The ability to articulate your Strengths – that unique combination of talents, skills & knowledge – which produce consistent, near-perfect performance – is the default starting point for savvy career management.
Yet so many of us find this a daunting task!
While simple exercises can tease out skills and interests, many professionals stall when trying to connect with their strengths in action, ie What their strengths look like on the job.
In his book, Go Put Your Strengths to Work, Marcus Cunningham uses the acronym SIGN, to help organise and remember strengths:
S uccess = An activity you do well
I nstinct = An activity you’re drawn to & look forward to doing
G rowth = An activity you want to learn more about
N eeds = An activity that is almost addictive
If your talent, skill or knowledge ticks all the boxes, you’ve identified a Strength.
The next step is to look for the best examples of when and how you’ve applied them, to craft achievement statements. Then, you’re well on the way to creating a compelling resume, and delivering a winning interview performance.
And perhaps more importantly, finding career fulfilment.
Have a Go!
If you’re struggling to identify your Strengths, and describe where you add value on the job, try keeping a diary for a few weeks. Record instances of when you feel strong …and pay close to the SIGNs – evidence of your Strengths in Action.
For further inspiration, see my earlier post Career Due Diligence.