Nov 10
What your resume says about your communication style
Rick M

Have you ever read an e-mail from a colleague and wondered why they communicated the way they did?  Or wondered why they chose to use a particular word that served to divert attention from the real purpose of their e-mail?  

It happens with resumes, too.

Employment applicants never intend to give off negative impressions to future employers.  But why then, does it happen?  Rick from explains:

"It can happen for a number of reasons.  The most frequent reason why applicants end up giving negative or questionable impressions to employers, is because applicants are simply not proofreading their resume or cover letter from the employer's perspective.  This is especially true for unemployed applicants who may believe the job application process is more of a game than a process; often leading applicants to apply to 100 different roles with the same resume.  They hope that they will receive call backs."

Tailoring each resume for each role is of paramount importance.  The hiring manager or HR representative that screens resumes is looking for reasons not to push you forward in the process because they generally have dozens of other applicants to screen.

So, what are the communication styles and what style does your resume need to exemplify?

"There are many communication style frameworks," says Rick, "but the four generally accepted styles are bold, expressive, supportive, and technical.  This is otherwise known as the BEST communication style framework."

Rick also points out that there are substyles to be cognizant of.  These substyles include being assertive, passive-aggressive, submissive, and manipulative.  Depending on the role, you want to stay in the assertive substyle, and tailor your main style towards the role you are applying to.

For example, sales managers are generally bold in style.  Programmers are generally technical in style.  Teachers are generally supportive in style.  The importance of these different styles is how we tailor your resume to fit that style and ultimately appeal to your future employer.

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