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Are You Interested in the Difference Between “Uninterested” and “Disinterested”?

Disinterested: unbiased by personal interest; not influenced by selfish motives. Uninterested: indifferent; not personally concerned.

Try telling someone about yourself in one minute. How do you decide what information to offer? Interviewing is like speed dating – show your best qualities from the start or you’ll lose your audience.

Sifting through personal information to identify facts that will make a reader want to know you is hard. Pinpointing what’s relevant can cause mental paralysis, even panic. How do you know if what appeals to you might appeal to an interviewer? Writing your own resume is like pulling your own teeth: extra painful and extra scary. That’s why you need input from a disinterested – not uninterested — party.

The difference between disinterested and uninterested? Imagine trying on a sweater in a store, accompanied by a teenager who’d rather be anywhere else. Ask the (uninterested) teenager what he thinks of the color, and you might hear: “It’s fine – let’s go.” Then ask a disinterested stranger (not a salesperson, but another customer), what she thinks of the sweater. This observer has nothing to gain or lose by giving feedback. If the answer is “the color doesn’t suit you,” you can assume her opinion is more reliable than the captive teenager’s.

This is why you need a disinterested party to help write your resume. With no personal connection or stake in the outcome of the matter, she can help you appeal to readers who don’t already know you.