For most people, resume writing isn’t really synonymous with “fun.” On a sunny summer afternoon, most of us would rather be out in the fresh air, spending time with our loved ones, playing Frisbee in the park, or sitting in a dentist’s chair having our molars drilled. The rare exception is usually an illusion: resume writing might seem fun at first if you feel overqualified for your target position and you’re coasting through an ego-boosting two-page brag-fest. But as soon as your brilliant resume is rejected once or twice, the glow starts to wear off.
So why does this happen? Why is resume writing such a chore? Here are three simple answers and three ways to make the process a little easier and a little more fun.
When we place our careers under the microscope, or we’re forced to compare them with those of others, they don’t always look as impressive or measure up as well as we hope. And sometimes all the work and struggle we’ve invested in our jobs hardly seems worth the outcome. But the feelings of discouragement and inadequacy are usually temporary. At the end of the day, most of us genuinely like what we do…that’s why we keep doing it. And that’s why we work so hard to get back on the carousel when we fall off.
One resume mistake and your chances are blown to smithereens. A single typo or formatting error and you’ll be tossed out of the running…and you may never find another open position as perfect as this one. Even if you do, what will happen if you’re rejected a second time? Or (gasp) a third? Here’s what will happen: Your life will go on. You’ll keep applying, reaching out, and pursuing opportunities until you find one that works for you. In a few years, this job search adventure will be part of the distant past. For now, just take things one step at a time.
The process of drafting, formatting and perfecting a resume can be boring, let’s face it. But look on the bright side: This document is one page long (two at the most) and when it’s finished, it will help you find the job that will launch the next awesome chapter of your life.
Ok, the pain points are behind us. Here are a few things you can do to make the resume writing process a breeze:
1. Start now.Just do it. Stop putting it off.
2. Gather your materials.Before you begin the writing process, get all the information you need and bring it to your desk (including notes, contact phone numbers, the names of old workplaces and job titles, and the details of your most important projects).
3. Be proud of all you’ve done and how far you’ve come. Your accomplishments are amazing! And so are you.
4. Look forward to the future. This resume will take you to your next job, which means a new set of challenges, a new group of coworkers you haven’t met yet, a new (potentially higher) rung of the ladder.
5. Get help. You don’t have to tackle this chore by yourself. You have mentors, professional contacts, former coworkers, and fellow job seekers all around you who can offer recommendations and advice. And you have LiveCareer ! We’re standing by 24 hours a day with tools and resources that can move you forward. Together, we’ll get this thing done.