How Do You Put Passion to Paper? Demonstrating Fire on Your Resume

“Nothing great in the world has been accomplished without passion.” — Georg Wilhelm

Passion impresses people–it belongs on your resume–and there are ways to help passion shine through.

  • List your achievements instead of your responsibilities in the experience section.  Don’t explain what your job was, explain what you did.
  • Show singular focus on where you’re going.  I meet too many people who say “Are you hiring?”  Yes.  “For what positions?”  These two positions.  “Can I apply for one?”  Someone who will settle for any job they can find is unlikely to bring passion to the table.  But someone who knows exactly what they want to do are going to bring dedication and desire to the job.
  • Engage in related extra-curriculars and professional groups.  The passionate candidate strives to make themselves more successful and knowledgeable.  They spend some of their free time in pursuit of their interests, and if their interests overlap with the industry they’re applying to, so much the better.  This is easy to do even at an early stage in your career.

There are plenty of other ways, right?


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