Are you tired of sending out job resumes and leaving job interviews with no results? It may not be your qualifications alone that are derailing those opportunities. It may be your passion…. Or lack of it.
One of the things I look for in candidates is passion – some indication that they love what they do and find enjoyment from their work. It is very easy to identify those who love their work through their resumes and interviews. These candidates stand out from the others. There is something about them that gets their resumes to the top of the stack of resumes being considered. They are driven. They take pride in their work. They want to continue to improve themselves and learn new skills.
Does your job resume show your passion? Would a reviewer be able to see that you truly love the work you do? Even the Best Resume Writers cannot demonstrate a passion for your work on your resume if it is not demonstrated in what you’ve accomplished. Either you have it or you don’t.
What’s that? You don’t love your job or the work you do? Well, you are not alone. Surveys show that a large majority of Americans are unhappy in their jobs. So you are in good company. But, there are those people who do love their jobs and you will find yourself competing against them and their enthusiasm. It is a difficult sale to make an employer want to hire the ho hum applicant versus the enthusiastic applicant. You will almost always lose that battle.
Do you know what you are passionate about? Could you make money doing that? Is it worth exploring that path? Howard Thurman once said “Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
I want to introduce you to Scott Dinsmore, founder and Chief Experimenter at LiveYourLegend. Scott helps people discover passion and purpose, explore dreams and do work they love. After he read a copy of the classic job seeker manual, “What Color Is Your Parachute,” he was left with the following two realizations:
- Everyone deserves to do meaningful work that they’re actually good at.
- In order to have a chance at finding it you have to dedicate yourself to learning, improving and experimenting with all kinds of stuff.
If you find yourself struggling with being happy with your work, I encourage to watch Scott’s TEDx Talk on How to Find and Do Work You Love.
This is so important. Have you considered how much of your life you will spend working? You deserve to be happy. And you can. You can find that passion and live it every day. Take a look at how Scott works with people like you to find your passions, choosing the most lucrative option and building a career around doing work that genuinely excites you.
So what on earth does this have to do with me finding a job or new career, or fixing my resume? Well, as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, passion is easy to identify. As an employer, I want to hire the person who is excited about working for my company and wants to make a difference – the one who will take initiative and I won’t have to spend much time watching over to ensure their work gets done well.
Find ways to demonstrate this passion come out in your resume — that is show how you’ve gone beyond expectations. This can be done by sharing real world examples of times you made exceptional accomplishments or took initiative that led to significant accomplishments either for yourself or the company. Tell me about how you taught yourself x, y, or z on the job. These are examples of passion that can set you apart in that tight job market.
Let me again suggest you at least check out Scott’s all-inclusive six-week course with members-only access to over a dozen world-class experts, comprehensive accountability and action plans and a pure focus on results. It could be the one thing that makes a difference, not just in your job search, but in your life as well.
Start today. Start now. Listen to Scott:
“You deserve better. You deserve to wake up excited to work on things that actually mean something to you. You deserve to have a unique impact – not just for you but for everyone else around you as well. The only thing holding you back is direction – you need a proven process and a trusted guide who’s been there.”
I hope you will consider the premise that passion is important. It comes out in your resume and your cover letter. It is subtle, but an experienced resume reviewer can pick up on the passion if it is there. However, where it is most obvious typically is in an interview. How you respond to questions and the energy you bring to the interview itself (read passion) can combine to land you the job. A very passionate candidate can often stand out above a more qualified candidate. It’s true.
That’s why I am investing so much time discussing this important topic. I think you need to know that the most qualified candidate does not always get the job. It is a combination of qualifications, interview answers, and enthusiasm and initiative (read passion). It could be THE difference between getting the job and losing out.
Maybe you need to revisit your career choice and put a plan in place to change careers. But it is very important that you deliver that passion and that you find work that is satisfying and makes you feel good about yourself.