I personally interview all my clients before I write a resume. And I’m often saddened by the way they present themselves as they describe to me their strengths and accomplishments. Too many job seekers lack a positive attitude and the self-esteem needed to sell themselves to the next employer.
If I can keep them from using three little words during the interview process, I am confident that they can be much more successful in landing the job. What are they?
“I was just the administrative assistant at my last company.”
“I completed the project on time and under budget, but it didn’t seem to please the customer.”
“I am only proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel.”
Now, read the sentences without those words (and connected phrases) and see how much more impressive the individuals sound.
Tell your story with confidence and achievement. No one cares what didn’t happen, what you didn’t do nor what you haven’t yet tried.
Please, please talk to your strengths. Brag about the positive; bury the negative. You have been chosen for the interview because you
have offered the necessary qualifications. Sell them.
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