Don’t Just Re-Read Your Resume

August 26, 2014

Career Advice

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During the interview process, you have three chances to “tell us about yourself.” Your resume, your cover letter, and your interview. Each of these experiences should be viewed as a unique opportunity to expand upon your story, not a time to rehash what we already know. Since your resume is the first step in this process, assume we already know the basic timeline of your career. So what else can you say on a cover letter or in an interview? Instead of saying, “I meet all my deadlines” or “I’m great at multitasking,” you need to share experiences that illustrates these claims. These prompts should help get your mind moving and inspire you to share some quality stories about your career:

1. Jot down a list of your strengths.
Open a Microsoft Word document  or pull out a notebook and start jotting down your strengths. Circle the ones that are especially important to the current position and company that you’re applying for.

2. Dig through your memories.
In the same document or notebook, write down some great moments of your career. If you’re a recent grad, focus on brainstorming experiences that highlight your best skills. Circle the top three experiences that are relevant to this position and this company.

3. Show don’t tell.
Now take these bits of memories and weave them into a narrative. Decide what you want your narrative to be based on the requirements and qualifications needed for the position you’re applying for. There’s always more than one way to tell a story so make sure you’re telling it in the way that makes most sense for this job.

4. Rehearse.
The biggest interview tip we can give you is this: practice makes perfect! If you have three detailed narratives memorized — think of them as mini elevator pitches — you’ll be able to pull them out during a relevant part of the interview and wow your audience.



About Spectrum Brands Careers

Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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