Marijoy Bertolini
about 3 years ago
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"I'll do anything" does NOT help you get the job

Jobcasers, You guys are awesome, so I thought I'd pass on a tip: don't say "I'LL DO ANYTHING" in an interview since that means you are expecting the company to figure out what to do with you - they will NOT expend the effort. If you are saying, "I'll do anything" to demonstrate you're a team player, flexible, or creative... then SAY THAT INSTEAD with EXAMPLES. It won't guarantee you'll get the job, but you'll be miles ahead of the interview game.

A much, much better approach is this: 1.) evaluate your own experience and come up with 2 or 3 examples (or more) of things you DID to make your job/boss/company better. 2.) Practice explaining the context and examples to someone who doesn't know a lot about your job (a friend or family member is fine... as long as they haven't heard lots about your workplace). Allow them to ask questions or challenge you. Get your story down pat. 3.) Attach NUMBERS/DATA to your accomplishments (e.g. "I created a Customer Checklist that improved our home-delivery service, which caused rejected orders to decrease by 25%." or "I was recognized as the Employee of the Month twice and had 5 customers request to work directly with me when they had a problem.") and - most importantly - 4.) FIGURE OUT HOW YOUR PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE SOLVES A PROBLEM FOR THE INTERVIEWER. This is the opposite of "I'll do anything." It shows you have read the job description, understand what's important, and can make a case that your experience fits their needs.

There are so many talented, motivated, and worthy job seekers on Jobcase, I hope each one of you gets a chance to SHINE. Best of luck, Marijoy

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Mark Parrish
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I have expressed a similar statement to managers in the past partly out of desperation to get a job and to avoid boxing myself to fit into one specific job that may or may not even be open. I have a hard time describing the duties from my past jobs in a way that adds any kind of value to a new manager. Resume writing for me is a nightmare so I do everything I can to avoid having to put myself through the experience. I don’t have a college degree or specific career path that I’m particularly interested in following which makes it even harder for me to target a job title or industry. Most of my past experience is working construction and warehouse jobs but right now I’m looking for better paying jobs more than likely available in industries outside of what I’m experienced in so I’m really not sure where I would be a good fit. Should I substitute "I'll do anything" with "I need a better paying job?" I appreciate any help you can offer.

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Anthony Wade
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I'm working now but thinking about changing jobs sometime next year. How often should I update my resume?

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Andy Wilson
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I totally agree that although you may feel that way, the phrase "I'll do anything" will make you look desperate. Not a good way to present yourself! I Find out what you want to do instead of guessing, and you will be much happier in the long run. Try making a list of "my skills" in one column and the requirements of the job you want on the other and draw lines to connect them to see how you fit. Feel free to cross out as much as you need to perfect it. Don't ever seem like you are begging for work, because all that will do is push people away from you.

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