Information Overload

Job seekers know they may only get one shot at impressing a decision maker. The pressure is intense to make a strong and favorable showing with whatever tool is used at that moment, be it resume, cover letter, networking conversation or interview. Unfortunately, this knowledge has a way of cementing that fact for many. What do I mean? The “this is my one chance” mindset can inspire candidates to attempt to tell a prospective employer everything about them, from birth to present, in that one moment. There is a need to cover every possible tidbit for fear of leaving something crucial out.

Information overload rarely helps job seekers. Yes, you’ve covered every possible angle, but you’ve done so without focus. This lack of focus dilutes the potency of relevant qualifications and leaves the decision maker to wonder if you’d approach work in the same chaotic fashion. You’ve also negated the need for future interaction. What more is there to discover about you? By laying out every detail of your professional existence, you’ve provided a means for companies to reject you in one encounter. It’s safe on their part to assume, with all of that information, if you had what they wanted you’d of make it known.

My advice to job seekers is to take a deep breath. Instead of focusing on how to make the most of your one shot, turn your attention to creating an interest in multiple conversations. The goal should not be to get an offer from one letter, resume or conversation. It’s about making the case with relevant areas of your background that you are worth a closer look. Hint to the additional elements of your background you can cover in greater detail down the line. Get them interested and wanting more. Ask questions and research the company to the point you aren’t having to throw a bunch of random information their way while crossing your fingers something interests them.

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