One of my husband’s favourite monologues is from the Al Pacino movie “Any Given Sunday”. In it, Pacino who plays an ageing coach gives his (American) football team a rousing halftime pep talk.
The most stirring lines of the speech are:-
“You find out that life is just a game of inches. So is football. Because in either game, life or football, the margin for error is so small.”
And so, it is the same when searching for a job. When you submit your resume in response to a job advert, you are up against hundreds if not thousands of other candidates who are just as qualified as you. A small thing like formatting your resume properly and optimising it for ATS can make the difference to get you past the first screening to the “person screen” where small things like white space, readability and content will get you shortlisted for the interview. As silly as it sounds, I have first-hand experience of candidates being shortlisted for an interview only for them to be unreachable because they changed their contact details and did not bother to update their resume.
During the interview, the interview panel will compare your responses and performance to the other candidates and to the model answers that they have. Small things such as spending some time preparing for the interview, aligning your responses to the job description, your demeanour, your dress sense, your confidence and the questions you ask the panel can be the difference between being offered the job or not.
The sum of all these small things, these inches, will be all the difference between landing that job or coming a close second, and no-one remembers who came second. Don’t believe me? Tell me who came second to Usain Bolt at the Beijing Olympics in 2008? And that’s the point; Life (and your career advancement) is a game of inches.
We at HUMHR can help you gain those inches. Get in touch with us and let us help you inch closer to your career goals.