Just the idea of writing a resume paralyzes many careerists. The fear of writer’s block, the angst associated with offending someone’s ambiguous rules, the frustration in trying to recall what you did, and when you did it — all of these feelings mix and meld to create a strong dislike for not only the act of writing a resume, but also in the resulting resume. Thus, why so many people plot and scheme for the resume just to ‘go away.’
The reality is, without a foundational resume story, the walls of your career communications crumble and the spacious rooms in which interested hiring decision makers may wander and inspect your story will shrink. Instead of a required drudgery, the resume–if approached in a new light–should be seen as a brilliant opportunity to create a cohesive snapshot of your career. It’s also a chance to fluidly and artfully draw the reader in.
Moreover, resumes often get a bad rap when defined just by a recruiter’s needs. It has been estimated that less than one percent of jobs are acquired through recruiters, so I never advise customizing your resume specifically to attract recruiters. Doing so may actually winnow out other game-changing interview opportunities–because strategies to fulfill recruiters’ needs don’t always allow for the compelling marketing you need for captivating other readers. In most instances, an alternative, pared down version of your more creative, inspiring resume can easily be prepared to satisfy the occasional recruiter need.
With that, I introduce you to my latest Glassdoor article on resume do’s and don’ts. I hope you enjoy further insights on the value of writing to capture interest, why boring and bland is out and why obsessing about ATS systems may actually derail your efforts. For the full post, visit: Do This, Not That: How To Make Your Resume More Effective.