By LaPora Lindsey
Writing a great resume starts before you sit down to write one. Three primary ways can stop you from writing a great resume: focus, self-worth, and rejection. Addressing each one can be the foundation for writing an interview warranted resume.
Before applying for jobs, first, identify what type of job you desire. You don’t need a specific title; more so, look at the responsibilities and growth opportunities. Also, consider the values you would like to experience in the workplace. Knowing this before you start writing will help you narrow down your job search, making things a lot easier when you tailor your resume.
The next thing stopping you from writing a great resume is believing that you are enough. When my clients struggle to write resumes, it’s usually for one reason— they don’t think they qualify. So, they end up doing one of two things.
Many times individuals work on certifications in order “to be qualified.”
While some certifications, degrees, etc., may be required many times, we set those standards on ourselves because we feel our current qualifications are not enough. There is always a certification or degree you can get. If you find a job to apply to that does not require the certification or degree, why not apply and see where it leads.
A second thing you may do–if you don’t think you are enough you may not list accomplishments because you don’t think they are worthy.
Years ago, I thought that my skills and experience would not help me get the job I wanted. Little did I know (but eventually learned) it was less about my accomplishments and more about how I worded them.
When you know you are enough, you are not ashamed of the jobs and tasks you hold and share them openly (as long as it’s relevant). Did you “Mentor children.” Or did you “Mentor middle school to high school age students and distribute community and informative resources to assist in their educational development.” When we take pride in what we do, regardless of how we do that—it makes a difference.
The third challenge that may prevent you from writing a great resume is the fear of rejection. Rejection is the same pain as physical pain to our brain. So, in short, rejection hurts. Because it is so painful, when it comes to resumes, you may have done one of these things: self-sabotage and written crappy resume and left it up to fate or refused to apply to prevent the pain from ever occurring. Neither of these tactics effectively uses your time during the job search.
To address this challenge, I recommend looking at rejection from a wider lens. Not every rejection boils down to what you did wrong. There is so much more to consider. Review your resume, see potential changes, and think about other factors that could affect your job search. Lack of funding, you were the next selection, someone had more years of experience, etc. We can’t narrow it down to just one, but the point is, as painful as rejection is, it is still an opportunity to get you closer to the job you want.
To write a great resume, you first have to focus and know that you have something to offer and will be willing to accept rejection. It’s hard work, but the hard work can result in changes in your resume and how you approach work.
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