Anyone else love the show “Chopped?” It’s a cooking show where chefs compete against each other to create meals from a base of 4-5 required ingredients. The ingredients don’t often logically go together, so it takes a creative approach to pull off a successful end product. One of the things the judges come down hard on is when a competing chef fails to use an ingredient in a noticeable way. Since the ingredient is required, there is an expectation the judges should be able to detect its use. If the flavor of that ingredient doesn’t come through, it’s hardly different than the ingredient not being there at all.
Job seekers need to keep this concept in mind when preparing their resumes. Employers often convey what they believe are key requirements for open positions. It’s all well and good that a job seeker meets those requirements, but if those ingredients are hidden or diluted by other features less important to the hiring manager, the judge, what’s the chance of them being noticed and counted? Slim.
At the end of the day, sprinkling your resume with relevant qualifications may not be enough. I’ve learned in my years of cooking the outcome is sometimes better when I double, and sometimes even triple, the spices. Throwing a little in at the beginning, middle and end may be what it takes for the flavor to come through and convince the judge you are indeed serving up what he asked for.
– Lisa W-P, CADL Guest Blogger