KNOW THE LIMITS OF YOUR RÉSUMÉ – STRETCHING THE TRUTH


Many people approach me as a résumé writer because they want me to tell lies for them on paper. They think this because my company is called The Spin Doctor Résumé Service. A spin Doctor, they reason, is someone who lies. They will take a resume and say you have credentials you don’t , and have done things that you haven’t.

Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. One hires a Spin Doctor to put their life so far into the best possible light. A Spin Doctor can use the power of words to make a dull career look like as adventuresome and muscular as a romance novel. They will take an undergraduate and a master’s degree in economics and help a person sculpt a position like the Prime Minister of Canada when most Prime Ministers have Law degrees. No job is too hard for a Spin Doctor except helping someone lie on their résumé

 A new client wanted to hire me to help them apply for a position as a software trouble-shooter.  She wanted me to con the unsuspecting  employer that she had an undergraduate degree in Computer Science – a minimum requirement for the position. She didn’t. She had an undergraduate degree in Business Management.

The job was to troubleshoot a program used in the automobile sales business. The program, used in that industry for decades, was a multi-screened database program  called Reynolds and Reynolds. My client didn’t know that.

“How long do you think you would last on the job if they hired you?”  I asked.

“Long enough to show that I could do the job,” she said. “I’ll just go to the help menu and work my way through it. They’d never know that I don’t have the Computer Science experience because I’m smarter than they are.”

I wondered how long it would take for my smart client to outsmart herself.

“Why do you want to work for them?”  I asked.

“I have friends who work there. I met them at school.”

“When do you expect them to ‘rat’ you out?”

“Probably never,” She said.

“Who will you use for a reference?”

I’ll find someone,” she said.

“You know,” I said. “I don’t think you’d last through the interview before they found out. What was your concentration when you were doing your degree?

“Sales and marketing,” She said.

“What was your involvement with computer database programming when you were there?

“I created databases of clients and was able to track purchases over time, then interface that with a program that generated reports and forecasts.”

“Here’s what we can do.” I said. I proceeded to generate a sales and marketing résumé that highlighted her skills and abilities. She had a profile that described, in depth, how she was an effective team member and sought opportunities to assume leadership roles. I went on to describe her leadership style, and went on to compose a cover letter saying that she was writing that company on speculation that there might soon be a position opening for a sales and marketing professional.

A week or so later, she called me to say that she had an interview with the company. She made an appointment  to come and see me for some interview tips. The most important one I can give her would be, “Don’t talk about  Reynolds and Reynolds.”

Mike Broderick , a one- time archaeologist, is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counsellor with the Fraser Health Authority in Port Coquitlam where he helps people with mental health disabilities find and keep full or part time employment .

He WAS the Employment Specialist for the Neil Squire Society in Burnaby where he found employment for people with physical disabilities, A Supported Employment Coordinator at THEO BC (now the Open Door Group), and a case manager at Community Fisheries Development Centre where he helped people move from the fishing industry to something else because there, “Aint no fish.” This means he is VERY familiar with how a modern day resume should look.

He is an active ambassador with the Vancouver Board of Trade and a member of the Labour Task Force of the Burnaby Board of Trade He does some work as a field Archaeologist, is a fitness instructor and frequent contributor of fitness humour articles to Alive Magazine. He is always saying, “If you can’t be fit, you can at least be funny.”

He lives in Port Coquitlam with his spouse Cecelia. You can reach him at home at michael_broderick@telus.net or at 604-464-4105. If you’re looking for a career change, he is the Spin Doctor and can give you a resume makeover at competitive rates.

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One Response to “KNOW THE LIMITS OF YOUR RÉSUMÉ – STRETCHING THE TRUTH”

  1. energywriter Says:

    Great advice. Wish I’d had you around back when I was looking for a “real” job.

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