I don’t know what my problem is, but I really don’t like to dust off my résumé. I know that from time to time it is a good idea to pull it out and brush it up, but each time I think about it my first reaction is a stout “meh…” accompanied by a shoulder shrug.
But not tonight.
I’m trying to get myself pumped up.
Tonight I’ll finally pull it out and bring it up to date. I think it is currently nearly 4 years old – yikes!
Don’t get me wrong here – I’m not looking for a new job or anything (indeed, I don’t really think that a résumé does much good in the job hunt anyway – but that’s another story) but I do think it’s a good idea to record what I’ve been up to while I can still remember it all.
I think that the hardest part of résumé tweaking is knowing what to write…
I once attended a seminar on how to create a killer résumé. (I was near graduation and was about to need every advantage I could get to find a job)
I still remember a few key points that were brought to my attention:
- Don’t say what you did – describe how you helped your organization to succeed.
- Be Bold.
- Highlight items that are directly applicable to whatever you want to be doing.
- Do whatever you it takes to keep it to 2 pages or fewer.
- Be sure you’re speeling is checkd.
So, armed with my newfound experience I march boldly into my word processor to toot my own horn.