I cannot overemphasize validity and effectiveness of the advice given by the some of the best recruiters and successful managers in the industry – Be passionate. Be real.
Over the last few days, I have been updating my resume in my bid to get a job in the industry of my choice. I went through a lot of career websites and advisory articles that claimed to offer the best practices to build and present your profile to your prospective employers. I read, and read, to the point of getting dizzy. I traced the records of my previous jobs and mined my previous experience, work done, accomplishments and all the keywords that I should include in my profile to improve my chances of getting hired. I spent a lot of time and effort on it, a lot!
However, after a lot of applications, (it’s just been three days), I got my first interview call for the interview. And, if there if anything that I must say, I am 100 per cent sure that none of the industry buzzword on my profile was the key in getting the interview call. Neither was it my academic and professional qualification, nor was the supposedly successful record that I presented on my resume.
The only reason and the most important one, that secured an interview call for me was the fact that I was really passionate about the job when I applied for it. I was real with my words and honest with my application. I really wanted to get hired for ‘that’ position and do ‘that work’, which was listed on the job description.
When we are passionate and real about our application, we often go beyond the standard templates and drafts of our cover letters and often express interest and enthusiasm, which goes beyond the mechanical application process that we otherwise adopt in our application spree.
I understand that we have the urge to go all out and apply for a lot of jobs that are posted on the career websites. But, do we apply for the sake of getting employed or do we apply for really doing the work that is expected of you in that particular position? The answer to this question matters a lot to the recruiter. In our applying spree, we cannot make out this difference, but when we apply to some openings with real passion and honesty, the application stands out by the little things that we say in your cover letter. The hiring managers have an eye for these subtle nuances. And I am sure that even we all know when that passion flows out in our applications.
Having experienced the benefits myself, if there is one advice that I want to give to everyone who is seeking a job out there, it would be to be passionate and be real.
And it is not that difficult do it. It’s actually very simple – Just don’t stop your search till you come across ‘that’ perfect position. Once you do, you can be nothing else but be passionate and real. And be sure to extend that passion and honesty in your interview and in your job once you get hired; and everything else you do in your life.