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01/03/13
More on Business focused Resumes and Interviews. Achiever Pattern
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Technicians, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 1:34 pm

A person never honestly knows what interviewers and
recruiters seek when making their case for a product
manager or project manager position.
Accomplishing difficult goals, managing various aspects
of projects are common for experienced workers.

Read an interesting piece by Lou Adler in which he
indicates his admiration for people who have an “achiever
pattern
” in their recent experience.  There is more to your
preparation
if this is how you wish to market your skills:

 - Specifics
 - Motivation
 - Well thought through examples
 - Understanding of what interviewers will be doing with
     both your spoken (screening and on-site interviews)
     and written (resume, etc.) data:  comparison to other
     candidates
 - “Presence” in professional settings, Internet, and in
      person, showing confidence. adaptability and
      desire to learn

This is from a “recruiter’s perspective,” a perspective not
many technical people consider.  He has presented this in
various forums (contains several resources) and it has a
following.   For those with interest in start-ups, business
development and are open to new challenges in business
Adler can be a solid resource.

BUSINESS POSITIONS, WORKING WITH RECRUITERS,
PREPARATION DETAILS

One Response to “More on Business focused Resumes and Interviews. Achiever Pattern”

  1. site admin Says:


    One of Adler’s comments is worth highlighting:

    ” [Lou Adler] Few have actually answered this opening
    question, which was the primary point of the post -
    Who’s the better candidate: someone who can do all
    of the work with half the skills and experience, or
    someone with all of the skills and experience
    ?

    The assumption is that the quality level is the same.
    Of course, if the output isn’t equivalent you need to
    make a different judgment.

    My point [Adler’s] is that focus of the assessment
    needs to emphasize the output, not the input,
    i.e., absolute level of skills, experience, academics.”

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