Posted  |  Written by Suzanne Wiebe

As a career coach, it amazes me how many managers do not know how to write a resume. They don’t know what information they need to present to the job interview professional. I often coach managers and have found some interesting mistakes that they repeat. Here are some ways that your resume can cost a management candidate the job opportunity.

#1 Know Who is Interviewing You?

The biggest mistake that manager Candidates make is thinking the person doing the job interview is detached from the job. Many managers feel that HR is detached from the day to day business. This belief can make you more prone to fudge answers, and ‘fluff’ your way through the interview.

The job interview professional has interviewed many managers. They may have a formal education in leadership, business practices and organizational behavior. That blank stare you are receiving while you talk on, and on, may not be ignorance. It may be the look of someone who is giving you enough rope to hang yourself on.

#2 Did You Outline The 7 Skills Of A Successful Leader?

Does your resume list your past jobs, education and successes? What does it offer your prospective employer? Does it outline your Career Capital? Does it market your skillset and ‘sell’ your ability to manage?

Writing a resume is an art. That is what it is meant to do. It is suppose to be an outline of the things that make you different from other managers. When you are writing your resume you need to make sure it highlights some of the following:

  • Habits of Successful People
  • Habits of Successful Managers
  • Core Beliefs of Successful Bosses
  • Management Style
  • Project Management style

#3 Communication and Coaching skills

It is these intangibles that companies need. Why? Because very few managers invest in their Career Capital once they leave university. Even then, university only teaches you ‘what’ you need to know. Universities do not invest any time in teaching you ‘how’ to achieve your goals.

Why is this important? Because you need to stop seeing a business as a commodity that will give you the life you want. It is an ecosystem. It is a company.

When you reach this stage in your career you will realize that management is a service, not a position of control. Managers who see their team/workers as peers will climb the ladder. The higher you move up the job ladder, the more professionals you will work with. There is nothing a professional resents more is someone who wastes time by trying to boss them.

#4 Don’t Overlook Your Technology Experience

Technology is not a tool. It is a way of empowering managers. The more tech savvy a manager is, the more options are open to them. Finishing more work in less time is never an overlooked skill in today’s corporate world.

Extraordinary bosses consider technology as a way of freeing them to be creative and build relationships. It is always a bonus if a manger has their own technology, software, and resources, instead of expecting the new company to provide everything.

#5 Can You keep The Work Environment Positive, Productive, and Fun?

Never overlook the ability to make the work day more pleasant as an unmarketable, or undesired skill. Businesses need managers with the ability to coach people, manage your own emotions, and reduce stress.

Not everyone has high emotional intelligence, or good coaching skills. And, not all employers need every position filled by the ‘camp counselor’ management style. What is important is that you be yourself, and ‘sell’ your own skills. Don’t try to be someone else on your resume or in the job interview.

HR knows the importance of putting people in jobs where they will be happy. It is important to make sure you communicate this in the job interview. It will make you stand out and may be the difference between landing the job and being forced to continue your job search.





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