Resume: It’s Who You Are

I’m not going to lie: It’s been a rough couple of days around here for me.

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The weather has been absolutely horrendous, and for those of you who know me, a long stretch of inclement weather usually sets the tone for everything else in my life.

Ok, weather gods, look at the calendar!! It’s the middle of May!! We had plenty of April showers so how about bringing on some of those “May flowers.” I mean, really, the high around here tomorrow is going to be 40 something! Are you kidding me?!! It’s May 12th in the Midwest, not February 1st in the Artic circle for chrissakes!!

You see, I’ve never been the snuggle-up-next-to-the-fire-with-a-good-book-and-a-cup- of-hot-cocoa-while-the-snow-falls-softly-to-the-ground-outside  kind of a guy. Oh no, far from it.

I’m more of the hang-out-on-the-sun-drenched-deck-underneath-the-umbrella-with-a-cold-adult-beverage, reading-the-latest issue-of-one-of-my-favorite-sailing-magazines kind of a guy.

If they ever write a book about me (doubtful), but if they ever do, you can rest assured they won’t mention my prowess at the Iditarod, or how I scaled some distant snow covered peak, or how I  spent my free time luxuriating on the snow covered mountains of Vail or Aspen. Oh no.

But they may talk about how close I was to the equator when they found my leathered hide, with a floppy hat pulled low across my face, propped up under a palm tree on some desert island that no one can pronounce, my sailboat swinging gently on its anchor in the clear blue lagoon where I made my final port o’ call.

Remember folks, if your resume doesn’t tell the story of who you really are, there’s a very high likelihood that you could wind up on the beach wearing a parka and snow shoes. Yes, your spouse and children would be embarrassed for you, and it might even be funny for a few minutes, but eventually you would get very uncomfortable.

That’s why hiring a professional resume writer to nail down and bring focus to those important details is so crucial during the job search. A professional resume writer, doing in depth consultations and using focused work sheets, can help to ferret out that which makes you the perfect candidate for the job.

Well, I’ve got to go re-tape that umbrella to Louie and make sure the emergency tracking device is secured to his collar so he stays dry and safe when I slam the door behind him.

Cheers Rob

8 Responses to “Resume: It’s Who You Are”

  1. I was there. I was right there with ya for a moment, Rob. Hot sun, water, cold-adult-beverage… ahhh. Nice visual. Especially on a rainy, cold day like today (–thanks. I needed that mini vacation!).

    You are spot-on about hiring a pro versus trying to navigate the complex waters of writing a resume. It can make the difference between getting the job and not.

    Good post!

    Erin (your most loyal fan… well, next to JBP of course. 😉 ).

  2. Agreeing with Erin, Rob! And I am from Wisconsin and it is May and there is pouring rain coming down.

    You know what we do… professional resume writers and those of us who also provide more services to job seekers? We listen, we help… and we don’t want the job seeker to feel alone. Uncomfortable is the tip of the “iceberg.”

    Just this morning I was talking to a client in need of an update to put a new position on the resume. After she used my services in January was still struggling with being dismissed in December after 16 years with one place as a Registered Nurse.

    She went into a deep depression… she should have called me, I would have helped remind her that she wasn’t alone… But she came out of it, and then got 4 job offers in one week after she had already taken a new position.

    She was only unemployed for about 3 months but it hit her so hard. So many people don’t even think to hire one of us or tell themselves they can’t afford it. But we can make life-changing differences for them. Thanks, Rob!

    • ROBERT says:

      Thanks Julie. You make a great point with your example, and thank you for your example of how those in the careers industry really can make a difference for their clients when given the opportunity. Rob

  3. Hello i love the blog – i will try and keep up with it!! please keep more coming I wish I could start a blog but I don’t have much time..

  4. You may have not intended to do so, but I think you have managed to express the state of mind that a lot of people are in. The sense of wanting to help, but not knowing how or where, is something a lot of us are going through.

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