I think the larger epidemic is Time Deficit. Everything today seems to be Time Boxed – meetings and phone calls have hard stops. We’re required to do more with less and to wear many hats.  The result—no one thing can get 100% of our focus and attention any more. Wasting time today is to be avoided like the plague.

What does that mean for you as a candidate? Your resume must grab the reader’s attention in less than seven seconds. If you are lucky to have accomplished grabbing the reader’s attention and you get a phone interview, you must prove engaging enough to hold the interviewer’s attention, so they don’t read and answer e-mails while talking and “listening” to you. If you land the in person interview, you need to connect with the interviewer, show your cultural fit and skill alignment with their needs succinctly in less than the time box allowed. If you don’t make it a point to get to the point, your important experiences – including the ones that could have been the one that landed you that position – may be left unsaid.

Advice: Do your research, so you can have your key experiences that match the company ready. Don’t waste precious time asking questions that can easily be answered if you took the time to read the company’s Web site. If you are currently unemployed, you may have all the time in the world, but remember, the interviewer does not. Respect every minute of their time and demonstrate that you know how to get the most out of every opportunity in front of you. Time…truly the most precious of our non-renewable resources.