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Writer's Block: It's Hard to Describe 
17th-Feb-2008 04:48 pm
Echer Waterfall
What is one thing you struggle to describe?


The thing I have the most trouble describing is my accomplishments in my last job. I think it's really killing me during my job hunt. :-(
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18th-Feb-2008 01:39 am (UTC) - ouch!
yeah, I hate that one. But you can guarantee that it will be asked during any given interview....no matter what the position type may be. This question will always come ;)

Good luck btw, with the job hunt and all. Hope you manage to brainstorm some good ideas regarding your accomplishments. The trick is, I've learned, to figure a means of highlighting your aptitudes and abilities without sounding arrogant/big-headed and just plain ol' full of yourself. Be specific; what types of programs have you worked with? What types of projects have you taken on? What type of services have you provided in the past? Oh yeah, and the 'team effort' stuff should also be included. Your accomplishments should always be some type of reflection of a 'team' something or other, even if you really did most of the work on your own, you know.

Whoa, I wrote you alot! Just meant to say GOOD LUCK, that's all really.

Peace n Love

18th-Feb-2008 02:05 am (UTC) - Re: ouch!
Thanks! I've reworked my resume at least once a day since I've been laid off as I recall more specifics. I mentally rehearse what I'm going to say to specific questions that I know are usually asked.

I think I'm getting better at it, but I can't tell. The only feedback I get is "no, we aren't going to hire you." So I can't tell if it's my interview or that I just don't have the qualifications they're looking for. *sigh*
20th-Feb-2008 08:12 pm (UTC) - hey
thanks for the regards you posted on my page :) Much appreciated for sure!

"So I can't tell if it's my interview or that I just don't have the qualifications they're looking for. *sigh*"

Well . . . let's see . . . one way to go about this is . . .

After you receive that letter or phone call stating 'thank you for your time, but the position has been filled', you can always write back or respond with this:

Thank you for your time and consideration, but I'd like to ask one thing. If I were to choose to pursue a position with the company again, in the future, what types of things would you like to see more of on my resume? Do you have any preferences or recommendations for me? This way I can know how to better prepare myself for the next time around.

I have a number of friends who have ended up working for a personnel department (some call it human-resources). The applicants they like to invite for interviews are the ones who visibly make an effort to fine-tune themselves to the company's needs and/or desired qualifications.

Ooo Ooo, also, once they shared with me that they admire those applicants who call in to gather more information about the 'required qualifications' of a position. Applicants who want to verify that they meet the qualifications manage to draw attention to themselves in a good way. It shows that they want to be sure that they are eligible and understanding of what will be expected of them for that given job-opening :)

One of these ladies works at a hospital and the other at a printing-press. Different company types entirely but the same trends seem to be admired.

Eek, I sort of typed alot huh :O

23rd-Feb-2008 08:56 pm (UTC) - Thanks!
Thanks! This is a great idea!

I appreciate you taking the time to give me some tips. (And typing a lot is a good thing. :-))

I'm going to try this at a few places where I was turned down.
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