Did you know that you could self-publish a book on Amazon? Shauna Williams did. She’s a headhunter who wrote a book called “Secrets of a Corporate Recruiter” and followed Amazon’s self-publishing guidelines.
I’m always impressed when people take a risk and share their ideas. Shauna is passionate about helping people find meaningful work, and she wrote a simple book with tips for job seekers. You could do that, too. Everybody has a book in them, and it’s now easier than ever to self-publish a book and inspire your colleagues.
Be Like Shauna and Write About Your Passion
I haven’t read Shauna’s book, but she was brave enough to raise her hand and ask for the opportunity to be featured in HR Books. So, I asked her to share a few secrets from corporate recruiting. Here’s an excerpt from our interview.
What do people get wrong about looking for work?
In my 20 years of recruiting, I still hear things that lead me to believe job seekers think there is some “machine” reading their resumes. They focus on keywords, keeping their resume to one page, writing cover letters and blasting their resumes out to anyone and everyone with an open position. My advice? Remember that real people are reading your resume.
Wait, aren’t keywords important?
I have never found a candidate by a “keyword” search alone. When I’m in search mode, I’m looking at the whole picture. Companies don’t want someone who fits into a mold. They want people who can do the job but also have the social and emotional intelligence to work with other employees.
Beyond keywords, what should a resume say?
Your resume should always tell a story about who you are, not just what you’ve done. As a recruiter, I want to know where your passions lie and what drives you. Give a recruiter enough of a reason to say, “I want to talk to this person!” That’s your entire goal with your resume. Once they get you on the phone, that’s a whole other chance to invite them to know you more.
What final advice do you have for job seekers?
You are not a cookie-cutter person, so why should your resume be? Forget the “one-page” rule and make sure your resume is compelling and tells a story. Be chronological and clear, but don’t get stuck in the cookie-cutter resume template. Be you. But see it from a recruiter’s point of view.
This is Your Year to Self-Publish a Book
Check out Shauna’s book and consider self-publishing a book of your own. You have an excellent reputation and big ideas. Your perspective is unique and valuable. HR Books exists because people like you want to change the world.
If you were looking for a sign, this is it. It’s time to write and self-publish your book. I believe in you, and I can’t wait to interview you and feature your work on this site. Good luck!