One of my biggest frustrations in rewriting a resume or coaching a client is CUTTING THROUGH THE CLUTTER in their resume or their mock interview responses. Loading up your communication with industry jargon or the latest buzzwords in business or management does NOT mean that you are clearly communicating the most important information in your job search:
Who you are and what you can do for the employer.
Keep it simple! Use clear, strong, direct language to get your point across quickly and crisply. Keep sentences, paragraphs, and lists short. Curb any tendency to speak for more than 90-120 seconds without interacting with your interviewer. (Time yourself, then listen. If you've been practicing a 3-minute introduction, you'll be surprised at how LONG that is when you're listening.)
I think some of the over-communicating comes from fear that if you leave something out, you'll miss an important point that the reader or interviewer is looking for. Relax. Talk about what you've done and how it's been valuable (more profit, less cost, happier customers and employees, greater market share, and so forth) - and be specific! Don't spout generalities - tell stories!
Even better - listen, ask questions, and react to what you learn. Make it more about "them" and less about "you." You'll position yourself as a partner committed to solving problems - and isn't that what employers are looking for?
Posted by Louise Kursmark