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What Important Factor May Not Show Up on Resumes?
Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:35 AM

By Chris Thomas, Regional Manager, Credit Union Resources

What may be the most important thing missing from a resume? The education is there. The work history is there. Accomplishments are listed, as well as a long list of skills gained over the years of a person’s career. You might even find that they enjoy running, bird-watching, and long walks on the beach. But how about the desire for the position you're hiring for?

How much a candidate wants the job you're offering and what they've done to put themselves in the position to do it is sometimes just as important as their skills and experience. And, not surprisingly, it's something that's hard to measure at times.

If a candidate expresses how interested they are in the job, is that enough? I assume the vast majority of interviews that happen every day includes candidates saying they are very interested in a particular job. If not, the decision would become very easy.

But there's something unique about a candidate who can lay out why they want that job and what they have done to prepare for it. That individual can show you how they've been setting themselves up, step by step, for this next phase of their career. They may not yet have been completely responsible for a department or led a team, but if they can show you the things they've done to prepare them for those responsibilities, such as seeking a mentor within the industry or taking special training classes when available to them, then they have an advantage over other candidates.

Over the years, I’ve heard from many hiring managers who decided to hire the person who was able to express that the open position was one they had been preparing for and that they were ready for it. The managers hired the person who wanted the position over the person who was simply willing to take the job. This scenario can be a real win-win for the credit union and the parties involved.

If you're a candidate looking for a career in the credit union industry or a credit union looking for staffing help, feel free to contact me. At Credit Union Employment Resources, that's what we do. Email me at, and I'll be happy to help.