Looking for a new support job? That’s great!

I’m going to help you stand out from other applicants to make sure you get noticed.

You’re probably going up against a lot of stiff competition. Because employers have a lot of people to choose from, they are a lot less forgiving. Formatting foibles, gross grammar, suspect spelling – these things will get your resume crumpled up faster than a rookie artist’s rough draft.

For example, I once had an internet connectivity issue that prevented me from attending an interview. Even though it was out of my hands, the interviewer didn’t even give me a chance to reschedule. It’s a cold world out here, folks.

That’s why you have to be on point. Mistakes happen, yes, but do your best to minimize them. Beyond that, try out this technique.

When you get the job description, look at it as a menu for all the things the prospective employer wants. Highlight all the key words that stand out as things they are looking for. Look for action words (verbs), like ‘research’, ‘manage’, ‘build’. Look for phrases that demonstrate the type of person they are looking for: ‘manage multiple competing priorities’, or ‘stay cool under pressure’.

Do the same thing with the requirements section. Highlight all the experiences and qualifications they say they want in a person.

Next, you’re going to want to review your resume (or think about your previous experiences/skills) with these things in mind. Circle all the words and phrases you’ve highlighted on the resume that align with what you can offer now.

Finally, and this is the key, only talk about these things.

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That’s it. Just these things. To the best of your ability, leave everything else off your resume.

While it’s impressive that you worked for Carnival Cruise Line as an entertainer, your prospective employer won’t care about it unless it relates to them and what they are looking for. Can you demonstrate how that experience helped you gain an important skill that they want in an applicant? For example, did it help you to improve your communication skills? How about how it helped with time management and conflict resolution?

Remember the old Venn Diagrams? That’s basically what this is. You’re focusing on the overlap of what you have to offer and what they want.

Everything you bring to the table is important, so please don’t think that’s what I’m saying here. But as far as getting your foot in the door, be efficient and respectful of the employer’s time. Know you’re in a pool of other applicants. How can you stand out as the best, most obvious choice for them?

Imagine going to a women’s clothing store only looking for pant suits, and the salesperson shows you bras, or skirts, or athletic wear. How would you feel about that? You’d probably think that stuff’s cool, but not what you’re interested in. Show me what I came for, you’d think.

That’s my point.

Not everything is relevant to everyone all the time. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just the way human’s work. You can use this to your advantage in your job search by only showing them the things that matter to them.

Let me know if this has been helpful for you. Seriously, I want to know. I’m passionate about this topic because I see this being a simple tool to help people reach their career/life goals. I have a lot to say on this topic so if it’s useful, I can share more. You got this.

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