Can you imagine trying to get a date with a resume?
Trying to get a job with one is no better.
Resumes are flat and lifeless. Bullets without narrative, words without proof. They are an appeal to the authority of third party credentials and lists of dates and titles. And there are millions of them, barely distinguishable, arriving in bland stacks on the desk of every hiring manager. You won’t stand out.
That’s why you should send a pitch. So, what’s a pitch? Read on.
Or, just learn as you build:
“So good they can’t ignore you.”
– Recruiter, in an email to a Crasher
“Over 12 years of experience delivering high-value results in operations roles. Highly organized and efficient.”
“What does that mean for me or my company? What kind of results? How does this help me solve my specific problems? Those are just words. I want to see how you work!”
“Here’s a quick overview of the process I created at my previous company to track all customer complaints and route them to the right department. In this chart, I broke down the average response time, and you can see it improved from three to two days. I want to create organized systems like this for your company. Attached is one example I made for you.”
– Recruiter, in a LinkedIn post
“Here are ten reasons I’m highly dateable!” 😀👍
“I have been following your company for the past two years and I am in love with your mission. You are the best in the business when it comes to creating great product experiences, and I want to be a part of your world class team.”
“Since I was a kid I’ve been obsessed with solving problems. I stayed up all night learning to solve my Rubik’s cube. That’s what drove me to learn to code and work in various IT and data roles. Now, that same obsession with problem solving is what excites me so much about becoming a junior developer at your company.”
“I know several programming languages and studied statistical analysis. I have worked in a variety of roles in IT and data, and now I look forward to working for your company as a junior developer.”
“Dear Sir or Madam,
Please buy this product. One-page description attached.
– Hiring manager, in an email to a Crasher