Should sssiiinnngggg for you! No, I’m serious. So many people (and I’ve done this myself, so I’m speaking from experience), half-ass those online career applications and profiles and they wonder why they never get the job. I understand that the applications online are all automated — meaning, some computer software program is skimming through both the application and résumé you’ve submitted to see if you’re an ideal candidate. That, I got. But if you’re one of those people — and I was one too — that filled in the bare minimum because your patience was wearing thin in having to enter a whole bunch of information, then you’re going to get passed up for the job. It’s as simple as that. Now, those automated programs are nice enough to send you a rejection letter, but that’s about it. Fill out the damn profile completely, thoroughly. Put that automated program to work. And never neglect the self-summary section. That’s the section that let’s you describe your professional self.
I had a client who was creating a Care.com profile and she sent me a little write up for the summary part of herself. Here’s what she wrote:
Hello, my name is——, and I have experience working with seniors. I love and I have a passion looking after other people’s needs, I’m very energetic, friendly, and organized while meeting the person’s needs. I have a current Adult CPR/First Aide and an impeccable driving record. I’m comfortable around pets, and I don’t smoke. I look forward to hearing from you, thank you for your time.
Then she includes a short note asking me what I thought. My response:
Mention how many years of experience you have working with seniors and what kind of work you did during that time. Explain why it’s a passion of yours to work with seniors, what do you get out of it. Describe your energy level — what are the things you’ve done while working for seniors in making sure all their needs were met while under you care — how far have you’ve gone to make sure you did the best you could for them. Define your personal best — what does that mean for you and what can someone who’s going to hire you expect from you when you’re giving your personal best. How long have you’ve been certified in adult CPR? Do you have any other certification that relate to your work with seniors?
I’m always stressing how important it is to market yourself and your skills, because no one else is going to do it for. It’s not bragging if it’s a fact. Show your value.