Have you ever spent the afternoon redesigning your resume then filling out a multi-question paragraph style on line job application only to click the submit button and watch in slow motion as the dumbest thing you have ever written seems to spiral away on the screen into the lap of the hiring manager. In your heightened state of anxiety, you imagine that the person screening resumes on the other end is just sitting at his or her desk waiting on baited breath as your application instantly pops up on their screen and that they immediately begin to read through your responses. Everything looks great and they are nearing the end and the sound of a halted vinyl record screeches through their head as they read the last entry where you mentioned something about thinking farts are funny.
Yes. I wrote that. Why? Was I having a momentary brain fart (I just cant get away from it)? I don’t know why!!! I was thinking I need to interject some of my non business personality into the application. Why I chose farts, who knows. Farts are funny though. Just sayin.
What I should have typed was this:
I am the perfect candidate for the position because I am a dedicated service employee. I was recognized by the EPA for outstanding contributions to Storm Water Treatment for planning, and managing a three day conference. Every year for the past three years, I have planed, and managed a one night banquet for three hundred families, and between the months of November and May, every other weekend, I plan, and manage the execution and delivery of meals to over 100 rugby players on a budget of $1.50 per plate. Over the last year, I have been able to streamline the IT hardware procurement process for our nonprofit company, saving ~ $20,000 in returned, damaged, and lost merchandise. I’ve also created a more efficient invoice routing procedure saving the company’s IT department hundreds of dollars in late payments. Instinctively, when I see a system that is not working properly, I begin brainstorming, reorganizing, and experimenting to make it better. I am a list maker and a task master. As part of a larger team of colleagues, I’ve been part of taking over-arching, big picture concepts and breaking them down into workable and manageable parts. My role is as the coordinator, making sure all if the moving parts are working together at the same rate and in the same direction. With a family that is heavily educated in web design, business solutions, and programming, I have resources at my fingertips that most others do not. I am a perpetual smiler and I love to laugh. I don’t find value in assigning blame when things go wrong. My objective is to learn from mistakes and keep moving forward.
Why am I perfect for this job? Because every manager, director, and executive I’ve ever worked with tells me they don’t know what they did before me. I have the ability to make your job simpler and less stressful and I actually enjoy the work. That’s why.