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Dealing With Imperfections On Your Resume
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Is there such thing as a perfect resume? Probably not. Unfortunately there are such things as flawed resumes. Common resume flaws include major gaps in between job or even being fired for a reason you would rather keep confidential despite having to explain yourself.

These imperfections can add pressure to an already stressful situation. You're probably wondering how you'll manage to not show how nervous you are and get through the interview confidently. Keeping in mind that perfect resumes don't exist, you can still shine an appealing light on your resume.

It all begins with being able to accept the situation for what it is. Your resume might have some things that you can't avoid explaining so you'll have to do your best from there. Being honest about it is especially important. You're not required to go into full detail on the matter but rather provide the interviewer context for these instances. Simply address the issue gracefully then move on.

For that, a positive attitude will go a long way. Pretending that your mistakes aren't there or trying to cover them up will dig you a deeper hole. Looking on the bright side of things will do more to impress the interviewer. Employers look for candidates who can improve on a less than ideal circumstance, a demonstration of true problem-solving abilities. Mistakes are to be learned not ran from.

With the right approach you need have the right delivery. How you talk about these flaws makes a major difference in how the interviewer will perceive them. You'll have to come up with wording that minimizes the severity of the matter. Smooth out the bumps by saying things like you were "let go" rather than "fired" or "terminated." Write your explanation out and replace words that don't reflect you in the best light. Rewrite and practice, rewrite and practice.

These kinds of past work experiences can leave some feeling still feeling resentful about them. Explaining what happened shouldn't lead to having to explain yourself. Leave the hard feelings outside of the interview as they will only make a bad impression. Show that you came out of the situation as the bigger, rather than bitter, person.

Finding a job would be so much easier if we could just walk into an interview with pristine resume that alone spoke volumes for your abilities. If that were reality, the nation's job situation would be a much different story. But with limited job openings and competition at its stiffest, the odds of going from fired to hired isn't favorable. Despite the challenges, the right attitude and approach can still give any resume a fair chance at being the chosen one.