The Fearless Resume

Why is it so hard for people to invest in themselves? I always read resumes that really don’t represent the facts about who people really are. A lot of people are always trying to figure out what the other side (hiring managers, recruiters and human resource professionals) are wanting them to write and miss out on an opportunity to communicate about exactly who they are and what they stand for.

Do you let other people write your resumes? I had a client once that had his sister write his resume and when he got to the interview he bombed it because he didn’t even review it with his sister and wasn’t prepared.

Ok, please ask yourself if you think you are worth it. Take the time to write a strong resume. I know people that spend hours and days on writing their cover letters but can’t spend more than 2 hours on writing their resume. I think I know why this is an issue.

We don’t value ourselves and we really don’t know what to say about ourselves. We also listen to everyone but the experts or ourselves and get side tracked by other people’s advice. Trust yourself.

We are also afraid to admit, yes I know but it’s true. We are afraid to admit that we don’t know how to write a resume that describes our accomplishments. We take ourselves for granted.

Let’s get back to basics. Think about the facts of each of your jobs. Think about exactly what functions you performed. Just do a data dump on each position for each job. That will be your first draft.

If you can stick to the facts and document your history then we can figure out where you want to go next. If we can’t figure out where you have been then we really won’t be able to get you to where you want to go.  Don’t try to please others with your resume, please yourself and document your expertise and work history.

MYTH: Hiring managers don’t want to or won’t read a 2-3 page resume.

FACT: Hiring managers don’t read more than 2-5 resumes per position and yes they will read 2-3 page resumes.

MYTH:  My past experience from 10-20 years ago doesn’t matter.

FACT: Everything matters when it comes to writing your resume and telling YOUR story. Every position that you have had from your past is important because you have learned new skills along the way that are transferrable and important to your future job.

MYTH: Nobody cares about what I did in my last job or previous jobs.

FACT: Yes we do and so should you.

MYTH: Why should they hire me when there are people that are more skilled and qualified in this market?

FACT: If you feel that way then you probably won’t get hired.

MYTH: I don’t have a college education so I know I won’t get hired.

FACT: There are many hiring managers that don’t have college educations that will hire you. Also, we are looking for expertise and I am sure you have what it takes to get the job.

MYTH: Everybody hiring has had a perfect career track record.

FACT: No they haven’t, they have made mistakes, failed, succeeded, gotten fired, resigned without giving two weeks notice, etc. They are human too.

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3 Responses to The Fearless Resume

  1. Louise Resume November 4, 2010 at 4:00 am #

    It is nice to have this stuff spoken plainly. Thank you. I personally am very bad at talking myself up, and have in the past gotten my sister to help me (but the guy who didn’t even review it first? He’s just an idiot), but I understand the necessity of it. A lot of my problems just came from the fact that I didn’t have the confidence in myself. “I don’t like talking about myself, so why would anyone else want to hear about it?” was my basic philosophy. I’m glad I have mostly grown out of that.

  2. The Recruitment Consultant Partner June 24, 2011 at 10:05 am #

    Hi nice article there. I am the managing partner of a leading recruitment consulting company India from India. One of the most glaring errors in resume writing is when it’s covered with glitter, literally. In an effort to make your resume stand out, you may find that it gets thrown out. Less extreme attempts such as including image files or using non-traditional symbols or fonts should also be avoided. While it may be a nice break for a recruiter reading through hundreds of Times New Roman documents, you run the risk of the fonts or images not loading properly. And you can bet that busy recruiter isn’t going to contact you for a simplified copy.

  3. Issy July 6, 2011 at 8:25 am #

    Never would have thunk I would find this so iindspnesable.

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