Refine your Resume the S-N-T-F Way! Whether you’re applying for your first job, or you’re looking to make a needed change into something new, having a shiny resume that truly sets you apart can be a daunting task. Most of the time, you have one chance to grab that much-coveted interview, and resumes are often as variable as the people who write – or read – them. We may never get consensus regarding the “Ideal resume”, but I argue that similar to the ‘key to effective communication’ we cover in many of our MBTI sessions, covering S-N-T and F information may bring you closer. By including these aspects, you stand a better chance of giving your reader what they want to hear (particularly in the absence of knowing what the HR director’s preferences are!). Additionally, having a S-N-T-F checklist (this one’s for you, my J preferences!) helps ensure your cover letter and resume are as complete and comprehensive as possible. On your next cover letter and subsequent resume, remember to include: S – The Verifiable facts *Contact information *What position you’re applying for *Education *Experience (including length tenure and job description/responsibilities) *Pertinent volunteer experience *Awards/recognition/scholarships (Remember: Ss want you to PROVE you’re capable!) N – The bigger picture *Why you’re applying – the objective of the application *How and why you fit their organization *Future growth possibilities – what you hope to bring to organization in the long term strategic sense T – Logical “Pro’s” *Benefits of hiring you for their organization– keep bottom line in mind! *Solutions to current problems you hope to bring *How you’re the right choice given your credentials and experience F – Values and Personal Endeavours *The importance of the role to you (a human voice goes a long way) *Why you admire the organization *Personal attributes you believe are beneficial (i.e teamplayer, dedicated, tenacious) Now, go get that interview!