Interview With Dirk Spencer
Today I am going to interviewing Dirk Spencer who is an author of the book Psychology Resume Hacks And Traps Revealed.
I would like to ask him some questions about his book and find out more about what motivated him to write this book.
1.What made you decide to write a book?
I was sitting in a career transition meeting and the speaker said something to the effect “the resume is should tease the reader into wanting to interview you.” And I almost lost my mind. First, what hire manager has time to “teased” into an interview which may yield nothing. Second, the resume could, if done right, my supposition at least; land you a mental job offer.
2. What books influenced you the most?
Probably human performance and language related. Specifically, linguistics, the psychology of words, memory training and speed-reading.
3. What advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Write. Take 5 minutes every day and write. Double that to 10 minutes a day for a week. Then double that until you have your book. Leverage email, word processing and tools like Ever Note, One Note. Or find Kaizen tools like Trello, Taiga, Kanboard or Taskboard to organize your writing.
4.In the past few months, what is the smallest change you have made that has had the biggest positive result?
Deciding to write at a set time. Every day at 530am, crawl into the chair and for an hour before sun-up, before eating, before opening email, before checking the news – write.
5. What are the biggest benefits your readers get from reading your book?
“Knowing” instead of “guessing” what went wrong with the resume. If people do what is in the book the resume will be scored well by the machine and reach and engage the human reader. If done well, the resume will get reader thinking “we should hire this person” instead of “we should interview this person.” This is a small psychological shift in reader-thinking (feeling) with big implications
Thank you Dirk for answering my questions today.
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