The following are thoughts reflecting my impressions after reading Penelope Trunk’s latest.
What is change? What is progress? Does progress mean we stop worrying about things that are currently stressing us out? Or does it simply mean that we start worrying about things that we don’t consider yet to be stressing us out?
In Penelope’s article, she says that you can stop worrying about bad grades, poor communication skills, sketchy backgrounds, and reading online negatively affecting your job application. The key is to identify a way to stand out and differentiate yourself from the pool of applicants.
But when unemployment is high, does it matter? Unless you have specialized skills, how do you differentiate yourself? At the end of the day, unless you know someone, an employer evaluates your application based on a cover letter and a resume. When I review resumes, I rarely review anything more than the skills someone has. In fact, most of the resume leg work is handled for me by HR. The mere fact that I speak to you means you have an honest to god shot at the job. But then, it comes entirely down to communication skills. Can you do the job? Can you communicate with your peers, subordinates and superiors? If you can’t demonstrate those skills in a 30-60 minute interview, it doesn’t matter what capabilities you have on paper. I don’t believe you can do the job.
Note, I’m considering the job you’re looking for is in product management so the lens I look at may be different than what Penelope was talking about.