In the end you’re the most important part of your job search
➔ Most job seekers invest huge amounts of time and effort (and sometimes money) into maximizing their resumes. And that’s a good thing. Your resume is your foot in the door, your entree, your initial contact and first impression with your potential employer.
That’s all well and good, but how many people do you know who have been hired strictly on the basis of their resumes? Yeah, we thought so.
You only lead with your foot
But your resume is your foot in the door. However, from that point forward, it stops being about your resume. Now it’s about you. Your resume may get you a date for Saturday night, but ultimately you have to sell yourself.
If the credentials on your resume weren’t good, you never would have made it past the first phase. At this point, your resume is history in more ways than one. Now, you’re center stage. Now it’s all about you and how you can “fit” into the company and provide benefits for the employer.
Now you have to sell yourself through your personality, your vision and what you bring to the table. How can you help this employer? How will this employer justify the expense of hiring you – as opposed to someone else.
On the timeline of the job search, your resume may be the past, but the interview is the present and future – and that’s what is going to land you that job.