Have you ever wondered why you have trouble in getting a job interview? Or why you didn't receive the job offered after being interviewed?

Let me start by saying "Getting hired is hard but getting fired is even harder". You had applied to hundreds of jobs but why doesn't anyone call you for an interview? The answer is simple. You need to learn how to exaggerate (enhance) your resume. Before covering how to exaggerate on your resume, let's cover the basics in writing a resume.

3 Simple Resume Basic Rules

  1. First off, you need to have several resumes. Each job posting/position is different, so should your resume. Never submit a generic resume (your only resume) to every job you apply to. Always edit your resume based on the job description/posting you are applying to.
  2. Ensure required skills and experiences from job descriptions are clearly stated and emphasized on your resume.
  3. Keep in mind how you position/list your skills and experiences are just as important as having these skills and experiences. For an example, if at the very beginning of the job description, it states that the candidate needs to have SEO (Search Engine Optimization), make sure your resume clearly states this at the beginning of your resume – at the beginning of your experience section.

Now that the 3 simple resume basic rules are covered, let's discuss why you should exaggerate on your resume. Why? Because it works. Before you jump all over me, let's clarify one thing... I am telling you to exaggerate (enhance) and not lie on your resume. What is the difference? Let's say the job description asks for 5 years experience supporting Microsoft Exchange. If you don't even know what Microsoft Exchange is, don't put this as a skill in your resume. However if you had 2 years supporting it, you can exaggerate your experience with it to 4 years. Another example of how to improve your resume is to enhance your job title. If you were a Programmer Analyst for 2 years, change your job title to Senior Programmer Analyst.

The purpose here is to get to the first step which is getting a job interview. A lot of you may be thinking...

  • What if the company offers me a position but I may not be fully qualified for the job (I had "enhanced" my resume)?
  • What if they find out and I get let go 9 months later?
  • Or worse, what if I don't even make it pass probation?

Interview (29605)Actually, the hardest part of getting a job... is getting the job. After you got hired, your job is pretty much secured. With all the HR (Human Resource) rules and laws in Canada, it is difficult for the company to let you go... unless obviously you did something illegal or messed up pretty badly. Now how do you hang onto your job if you not 100% qualified?

With most jobs, you will need to pass the 3 months (or 6 months) probation period. After passing your probation period, you are pretty much safe from being let go. The company does decide to let you go after the probation period, they will need to build a business case against you. This entails documenting the reasons why you should be demised with supporting facts. Chances are; your manager will not be building a business case against you unless you really deserved to be let go. If you are not fully qualified but can be with time and some coaching, you are in the clear.

Is passing the probation period hard?

Getting through the probation period is pretty simple and here are the reasons why:

  • First of all, no one likes to fire people, period. No one knows how the new employee will react. Will he/she breakdown and sob? Will he/she pull out family photos, explaining that he/she has little children and/or aging parents that he/she needs to care for and really, really need this job? Firing people is a difficult task and usually people make every effort to avoid having to let people go. Most people (including managers) will give others the benefit of the doubt… giving the new employee the chance to integrate and succeed in his/her new role.
  • A common myth for a new employee to be let go is because the manager had found out that the new employee was not fully qualified for the job (i.e. exaggerated on his/her resume). Usually the new employee will not be let go for this reason. The reason is because most of the time, the manager would not even find out that the new employee is not qualified until after the probation period. Each company has their own business processes and/or use different software/applications. The new employee will most likely be trained by a colleague on the company's business processes and software. If the colleague realized that the new employee had exaggerated on his/her qualification, chances are, the colleague will just train the new employee and will not even mention it to the manager. After being trained, the new employee will obtained the knowledge and skills required to perform his/her role. Most people (colleagues) will avoid conflicts whenever they can.
  • Lastly, if the manager fires the new employee that he/she had hired (had personally interviewed or his/her staff had conducted the interviews), it will look poorly on the manager. i.e. Why wasn't the manager (and his/her staff) able to find this out during interview process? Did the manager not ask the right questions to determine if the interviewee had the skills, qualification and skills for the role? Why was the wrong person hired for the job? Was it due to the incompetence of the manager and/or his/her staff who did the interviews? If the manager hired the wrong candidate, will the manager be able to find the right candidate to replace the new hire? If the manager gets a couple of these "wrong person hires", this affects the manager's credibility, bonus, career advance, etc… Many times, the manager will rather help the new employee in fulfilling the position.

Unless the new employee really messes up or has a personality conflict with the manager and/or colleagues, the new employee will usually get through the probation period. The above holds true for most type of jobs. However there are some jobs that this does not apply to, such as sales/commission type jobs, architecture, etc…

Once again, I would point to the purpose of this article. It is to help you in getting an interview and hopefully landing the job you wanted by showing you how to better market yourself in your resume. Enhance your resume but don't cross the line and lie in your resume.

I hope you had enjoyed reading this article and hopefully it will help you in getting hired for the job you wanted.