As a Recruiting Specialist, it is my job to uncover the skills of every candidate I consider for a job opportunity. As a professional, it is your job to ensure that skill set is properly communicated.
The unfortunate truth is not everyone understands HOW to do this well. Below is a list of tips to keep in mind the next time you are discussing your work experience.
1.) Provide examples. – Using an example is a great way to share your experience. Examples help someone understand how you have this experience, but also allow a follow up question that may not have been considered. Perhaps your example is exactly what a job entails, or maybe it reveals something you have in common that may not have otherwise been discussed.
2.) Be detailed. – The worst way to answer a question about work experience is to answer vaguely. Remember the 5 W’s (who, what, where, when, why) back in school? It applies to discussing work experience as well. For example, if you are asked about your reporting in the past, think of the 5 W’s. Who did you report to? What did you report on? Where did you do this? When did you do these reports? Why were the reports important? Your answer should sound like this: I reported to the CFO regarding purchase orders and new accounts at my last two positions on a bi-weekly basis, in an effort to assist our sales and marketing teams as well as management with our successes in product role outs.
3.) Share your numbers. – If you are in sales or management, chances are you have an idea of the way your job impacts a company. Did you increase new sales for a company by 20% in the first 60 days of employment? Say it. Were customer complaints down by 45% when compared to the year before? Say it. Did you spend 20% of your day on LinkedIn when you should have been working? DON’T say it.
Stick to these simple rules and the next time you need to discuss your work experience no one will doubt you can do the job.
Delisi Araceli Friday, CPC
Recruiting Specialist / PRSA Board of Directors