🚙 Family car or 🏎 race car?
🚜 Tractor or high-speed train?
What is your performance profile?
When you commit to a vehicle you consider it’s performance profile: what features and levels of reliability do you need in a car?
That yellow corvette might be gorgeous, but if you’ve got two kids, two dogs, and a mountain road to tackle, you’ll buy the Subaru Outback.
You might get a thrill from riding a high-speed train, but if you’ve got a field of wheat to harvest, you’ll buy a tractor.
Employers do the same thing: what are the skills and personality of their ideal employee and how do you measure up?
Don’t make your resume look like a Corvette if your ideal boss needs a Honda Civic. In the working world, reliability and practical features bring more value than pomp and circumstance.
Employers need to be able to imagine you solving problems and getting the work done.
Are you overqualified? Talk about your core skills and motivations. Demonstrate that you understand the job description and what is required to accomplish the tasks at hand successfully.
It is rare to expect a Corvette to do the work of a Honda Civic, so create an ideal performance profile for the task at hand. Then make sure your resume and LinkedIn profile align with this performance profile.
Identify the right work and the right company. Get noticed. Get hired.