You Are NOT Your Resume

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You Are NOT Your ResumeThis might sound "obvious", but it's one of those things I think it's good to get clear on and remind ourselves about every now and then.

You are NOT your resume.

If you're applying for jobs left, right and center -- and keep getting "rejected" by all of them (or, even worse, ignored completely) -- then it's easy to fall into the trap of taking that rejection personally.

What I mean by that is this:

Your brain plays a trick on you, and, without noticing, "my resume" becomes "me". It feels like employers are slamming the door in your face and shutting you out in the cold -- rather than just rejecting your resume.

Always remember...

Your resume is like your 3-minute speed dating intro.

(In reality, many times your resume only gets 5-10 seconds of attention.)

When someone "rejects" you at a speed dating event, they're not rejecting YOU. How could they? They don't even know you!

All they're rejecting is the three-minute impression you made.

Likewise, if you're applying to a ton of jobs but very rarely hear back, nobody is rejecting you. They're only rejecting the impression your resume made.

And do you know what that means?

It means it's time to put together a new resume and leave a different impression -- one that's going to make sure your resume lands at the top of the "we-definitely-need-to-interview-these-solid-candidates" pile.

If you want to start doing this, you have to get out of the mindset of applying for every job you can find and sending out generic resumes.

You need to carefully review each job post and create a resume that highlights the most important skills they’re looking for. Doing this will get you noticed far more often than sending out 100s of applications and hoping for the best.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.