In The Perpetual Paycheck, I talk extensively about the “Cinderella fit,” suggesting that employers want to hire candidates who possess the precise skills they are seeking. If a company is looking for a website designer who is skilled in iWeb and Dreamweaver, that means they want a candidate with experience in both programs. No matter how much you talk about your mastery of iWeb, you won’t get past the initial review unless you can demonstrate proficiency in both.
Apparently, there is a new trend where candidates are grading themselves on their resumes—and not only that, but they are rarely giving themselves perfect scores! If you do not have full confidence in your ability to do the work, why would an employer?
Your resume should provide a prospective employer with a clear summary of your skills and your resume should not suggest you are anything less than the perfect fit. If you want to learn more about this trend, click here to read an article I contributed to which characterizes this strategy as “The Worst Resume Trend of 2015.”
Best of luck with your job search, I know you can do it!